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Ultraviolet and visible range plasmonics in the topological insulator Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2

Ultraviolet and visible range plasmonics in the topological insulator Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2
Ultraviolet and visible range plasmonics in the topological insulator Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2
The development of metamaterials, data processing circuits and sensors for the visible and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum is hampered by the lack of low-loss media supporting plasmonic excitations. This has driven the intense search for plasmonic materials beyond noble metals. Here we show that the semiconductor Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2, also known as a topological insulator, is also a good plasmonic material in the blue-ultraviolet range, in addition to the already-investigated terahertz frequency range. Metamaterials fabricated from Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2 show plasmonic resonances from 350 to 550nm, while surface gratings exhibit cathodoluminescent peaks from 230 to 1,050nm. The observed plasmonic response is attributed to the combination of bulk charge carriers from interband transitions and surface charge carriers of the topological insulator. The importance of our result is in the identification of new mechanisms of negative permittivity in semiconductors where visible range plasmonics can be directly integrated with electronics.
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Ou, Jun-Yu
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So, Jin-Kyu
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Adamo, Giorgio
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Sulaev, Azat
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Wang, Lan
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Zheludev, Nikolay I.
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Ou, Jun-Yu
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So, Jin-Kyu
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Adamo, Giorgio
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Sulaev, Azat
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Wang, Lan
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Zheludev, Nikolay I.
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Ou, Jun-Yu, So, Jin-Kyu, Adamo, Giorgio, Sulaev, Azat, Wang, Lan and Zheludev, Nikolay I. (2014) Ultraviolet and visible range plasmonics in the topological insulator Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2. Nature Communications, 5, 1-7. (doi:10.1038/ncomms6139).

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Abstract

The development of metamaterials, data processing circuits and sensors for the visible and ultraviolet parts of the spectrum is hampered by the lack of low-loss media supporting plasmonic excitations. This has driven the intense search for plasmonic materials beyond noble metals. Here we show that the semiconductor Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2, also known as a topological insulator, is also a good plasmonic material in the blue-ultraviolet range, in addition to the already-investigated terahertz frequency range. Metamaterials fabricated from Bi1.5Sb0.5Te1.8Se1.2 show plasmonic resonances from 350 to 550nm, while surface gratings exhibit cathodoluminescent peaks from 230 to 1,050nm. The observed plasmonic response is attributed to the combination of bulk charge carriers from interband transitions and surface charge carriers of the topological insulator. The importance of our result is in the identification of new mechanisms of negative permittivity in semiconductors where visible range plasmonics can be directly integrated with electronics.

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Accepted/In Press date: 3 September 2014
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 October 2014
Published date: 8 October 2014
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 372192
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/372192
PURE UUID: 5b85c138-b3a8-4a06-925b-8e3e8368812a
ORCID for Jun-Yu Ou: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8028-6130
ORCID for Nikolay I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 02 Dec 2014 12:05
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 02:03

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Author: Jun-Yu Ou ORCID iD
Author: Jin-Kyu So
Author: Giorgio Adamo
Author: Azat Sulaev
Author: Lan Wang

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