Optical absorption in graphene integrated on silicon waveguides

Huan Li, Yoska Anugrah, Steven J. Koester, Mo Li

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To fully utilize graphenes remarkable optical properties for optoelectronic applications, it needs to be integrated in planar photonic systems. Here, we demonstrate integration of graphene on silicon photonic circuits and precise measurement of the optical absorption coefficient in a graphene/waveguide hybrid structure. A method based on Mach-Zehnder interferometry is employed to achieve high measurement precision and consistency, yielding a maximal value of absorption coefficient of 0.2 dB/μm when graphene is located directly on top of the waveguide. The averaged results obtained from a large number of samples agree with theoretical model utilizing the universal ac conductivity in graphene. Our work provides an important guide for the design and optimization of integrated graphene optoelectronic devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111110
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 10 2012

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Funding Information:
S.J.K. and Y.A. would like to acknowledge the support of NSF and NRI under NSF Grant No. ECCS-1124831. M.L. acknowledges the faculty start-up fund provided by the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Parts of this work were carried out in the University of Minnesota Nanofabrication Center which receives partial support from NSF through NNIN program, and the Characterization Facility which is a member of the NSF-funded Materials Research Facilities Network via the MRSEC program.


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