Hydrodynamic model approach to the formation of plasmonic wakes in graphene

A. J. Chaves, N. M. R. Peres, G. Smirnov, N. Asger Mortensen

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    Using the hydrodynamic model in the electrostatic approximation, we describe the formation of graphene surface plasmons when a nearby charge is in motion either perpendicular or parallel to a graphene sheet. In the first case, the electron-energy loss (EEL) spectrum of the electron is computed, showing that the resonances in the spectrum are linked to the frequency of the graphene surface plasmons. In the second case, we discuss the formation of plasmonic wakes due to the dragging of the surface plasmons induced by the motion of the charge. This effect is similar to Coulomb drag between two electron gases at a distance from each other. We derive simple expressions for the electrostatic potential induced by the moving charge on graphene. We show that there is a transition from a Mach-type wake at high speeds to a Kelvin-type wake at low ones and identify the Froude number for plasmonic wakes. We show that the Froude number can be controlled externally by tunning both the Fermi energy in graphene and the dielectric function of the environment, a situation with no parallel in ship wakes. Using EEL, we propose a source of graphene plasmons, based on a graphene drum built in a metallic waveguide and activated by an electron beam created by the tip of an electronic microscope. We also introduce the notion of a plasmonic billiard.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number195438
    JournalPhysical Review B
    Issue number19
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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