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Graphene-Mediated Light-Matter Interaction


Brouillet, Jeremy Jean (2019) Graphene-Mediated Light-Matter Interaction. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/VRFE-ZY57.


Advances in 2D materials have opened a wealth of possibilities for the control of emission and propagation of light on length scales much smaller than the wavelength of light. Graphene, with highly-confined electrostatically tunable plasmons, provides a strong platform for explore a number of avenues.

We show that graphene that can increase the luminescence of erbium by 80%, can induce population inversion in a three-level system, speed up the response time by over an order of magnitude, and has modulation depth of up to 14 dB for luminescence.

We experimentally demonstrated a tunable epsilon-near-zero metamaterial with a elliptic-to-hyperbolic transition. The device had been theorized for many years and we provide the first experimental realization.

We explore the properties of an isotropic tunable 2D heterostructure composed of black phosphorus, hexagonal boron nitride, and graphene. These symmetry-breaking materials create an effective permittivity that is biaxially anistropic and tunable. This material supports tunable beam steering based on propagation of energy along the hyperbolic dispersion lines.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:graphene, erbium, metamaterial, hyperbolic, plasmonics
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Applied Physics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Atwater, Harry Albert
Group:Kavli Nanoscience Institute
Thesis Committee:
  • Vahala, Kerry J. (chair)
  • Rossman, George Robert
  • Faraon, Andrei
  • Atwater, Harry Albert
Defense Date:17 May 2019
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship1144469
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06022019-011156429
Persistent URL:
Brouillet, Jeremy Jean0000-0001-6664-5643
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:11604
Deposited By: Jeremy Brouillet
Deposited On:04 Jun 2019 22:35
Last Modified:08 Nov 2023 00:12

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