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Topological Dirac semi-metals: a dynamic platform for tunable optical metasurfaces (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Hamid T. Chorsi; Prasad P. Iyer; Manik Goyal; Timo Schumann; Susanne Stemmer; Jon A. Schuller

Paper Abstract

Despite the significant advances made in the field of metamaterials and metasurfaces in recent years, many applications of such devices are hampered by the lack of active refractive index tuning. Here, we report on a new class of tunable quantum materials based on 3D topological Dirac semimetals with extremely high electrical and thermal refractive index tuning. Realized optical reflectivity data, performed on thin films of Cd3As2 over a broad range of frequencies demonstrate larger than traditional thermo-optic shifts in III-V semiconductors. Dynamic Fermi level tuning, instigated from the Pauli blocking in the linear Dirac cone, offers large and tunable absorption peak in the mid-infrared region. In contrast to recent efforts in 3D Dirac semimetals which are mostly focused on single crystal Cd3As2, our data based on MBE-grown Cd3As2 can galvanize newfound applications in the field of meta-optics and can enable several applications such as ultra-thin programmable optical devices, photodetectors, and on-chip directional antennas.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 March 2019
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Proc. SPIE 10914, Optical Components and Materials XVI, 1091408 (5 March 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2510408
Show Author Affiliations
Hamid T. Chorsi, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Prasad P. Iyer, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Manik Goyal, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Timo Schumann, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Susanne Stemmer, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)
Jon A. Schuller, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10914:
Optical Components and Materials XVI
Shibin Jiang; Michel J. F. Digonnet, Editor(s)

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