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Plasmonics

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 1335–1345 | Cite as

Ultra-compact Spatial Terahertz Switch Based on Graphene Plasmonic-Coupled Waveguide

  • Mehdi Dehghan
  • Mohammad Kazem Moravvej-FarshiEmail author
  • Mohsen Ghaffari-Miab
  • Masoud Jabbari
  • Ghafar Darvish
Article

Abstract

We are proposing graphene (G)-based multilayered plasmonic spatial switch, operating at 10 THz. It is composed of hBN/Ag/hBN/G/hBN/G/hBN/SiO2/p+-Si multilayers. When a 10-THz transverse magnetic (TM)-polarized signal is normally incident upon the structure top surface, the nanoaperture devised in the Ag nanolayer, acting as a grating, excites surface plasmons at the top graphene micro-ribbons/hBN interface. These surface plasmons depending on the graphenes chemical potentials can be coupled to the lower-right or left graphene micro-ribbons and continue to propagate laterally towards the corresponding output port. Numerical simulations show that a change of ∆VG ≈ ± 2.7 V in the voltage, applied to the gated micro-ribbons, can modulate their chemical potentials sufficiently to switch the right (left) output port from ON (OFF) to OFF(ON) and vice versa. Besides its low power consumption, the switch ultra-small dimensions make it a potential spatial router suitable for THz-integrated circuit applications.

Keywords

Graphene Plasmonic switches Plasmonic router Plasmonic waveguides Surface plasmons Terahertz, waveguide switche 

Notes

Funding Information

M. K. Moravvej-Farshi and M. Ghaffari-Miab greatly acknowledge the support from the Tarbiat Modares University through grant #IG-39703.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering, Science and Research BranchIslamic Azad UniversityTehranIran
  2. 2.Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The Nano Plasmo-Photonic Research groupTarbiat Modares UniversityTehranIran
  3. 3.Department of Electrical Engineering, Marvdasht BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMarvdashtIran

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