Terahertz harmonic generation in graphene

Samwel Sekwao, Jean Pierre Leburton

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We show that charge carrier transport in graphene exhibits sharp resonances in the presence of spatially and temporarily modulated scattering. Resonances occur when the period of an applied a-c field corresponds to the time taken by quasi-ballistic carriers to drift over a spatial scattering period, provided the latter is shorter than the distance taken by carriers to emit an optic phonon. We show that such system can be achieved with interdigitated gates energized with an a-c bias on graphene layers. Gate separation and fields to achieve ballistic transport would result in resonances in the terahertz range, with the generation of higher harmonics characterized by large Q-factors, which are tunable with gate spacing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063109
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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