Optical bistability of graphene in the terahertz range

N. M. R. Peres, Yu V. Bludov, Jaime E. Santos, Antti-Pekka Jauho, M. I. Vasilevskiy

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Abstract

We use an exact solution of the relaxation-time Boltzmann equation in a uniform ac electric field to describe the nonlinear optical response of graphene in the terahertz (THz) range. The cases of monolayer, bilayer, and ABA-stacked trilayer graphene are considered, and the monolayer species is shown to be the most appropriate one to exploit the nonlinear free electron response. We find that a single layer of graphene shows optical bistability in the THz range, within the electromagnetic power range attainable in practice. The current associated with the third harmonic generation is also computed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review B
Volume90
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)125425
Number of pages9
ISSN0163-1829
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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