Terahertz induced transparency in single-layer graphene

Michael J. Paul, Byounghwak Lee, Jenna L. Wardini, Zachary J. Thompson, Andrew D. Stickel, Ali Mousavian, Hyunyong Choi, Ethan D. Minot, Yun Shik Lee

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We show that the transmission of a terahertz (THz) pulse through single-layer graphene is strongly nonlinear. As the peak electric field of the THz pulse exceeds 50 kV/cm, the graphene becomes increasingly transparent to the THz radiation. When field strength reaches 800 kV/cm, the increased transparency corresponds to a two-fold decrease in the time-average sheet conductivity of the graphene (time averaged over the duration of the pulse). Time-resolved measurements reveal that the leading portion of the pulse creates transparency for the trailing portion, with a 10-fold suppression in sheet conductivity at the tail of the strongest THz pulse. Comparing the THz-induced transparency phenomena in different sample geometries shows that substrate-free graphene is the best geometry for maximizing the nonlinear transparency effect.

Original languageEnglish
Article number221107
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Dec 1

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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