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Paulo André D. Gonçalves: Modeling the Excitation of Graphene Plasmons in Periodic Grids of Graphene Ribbons: An Analytical Approach

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Paulo André D. Gonçalves*, E. J. C. Dias, Yu. V. Bludov, N. M. R. Peres
*Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark 
and Center for Nanostructure Graphene, Technical University of Denmark, Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark 

We study electromagnetic scattering and subsequent plasmonic excitations in periodic grids of graphene ribbons. To address this problem, we develop an analytical method to describe the plasmon-assisted absorption of electromagnetic radiation by a periodic structure of graphene ribbons forming a diffraction grating for THz and mid-IR light. The major advantage of this method lies in its ability to accurately describe the excitation of graphene surface plasmons (GSPs) in one-dimensional (1D) graphene gratings without the use of both time-consuming, and computationally-demanding full-wave numerical simulations. We thus provide analytical expressions for the reflectance, transmittance and plasmon-enhanced absorbance spectra, which can be readily evaluated in any personal laptop with little-to-none programming. We also introduce a semi-analytical method to benchmark our previous results and further compare the theoretical data with spectra taken from experiments, to which we observe a very good agreement. These theoretical tools may therefore be applied to design new experiments and cutting-edge nanophotonic devices based on graphene plasmonics.

[1] Book: P. A. D. Gonçalves and N. M. R. Peres, "An Introduction to Graphene Plasmonics" (World Scientific, Singapore, 2016).

P. André Gonçalves is currently a PhD student at Structured Electromagnetic Materials Group, DTU Fotonik, at Technical University of Denmark. Lately he has been doing research on the plasmonic properties of graphene and related 2D materials in several nanoengineered landscapes. He holds BSc in Physics from the University of Minho (2011, Portugal) and a MSc in Theoretical Physics from the University of Porto (2014, Portugal).