Graphene nanoribbons; surface plasmon polariton; thin films; forbidden symmetry
Graphene nanoribbons, graphene based optical sensors, and grating based plasmonics are explored experimentally. Graphene nanoribbons exhibit highly insulating states that may allow for graphene based digital applications. We investigate the sensitivity of these states to local charged impurities in ultra high vacuum. We look into the possibility of isolating two-dimensional films of H-BN and BSCCO, and test for any interesting phenomena. We also assess graphene*s applicability for optical sensing by implementing a new style of spectral detector. Utilizing surface plasmon excitations nearby a graphene field-effect transistor we are able to produce a detector with wavelength sensitivity and selectivity in the visible range. Finally, we study another plasmonic phenomenon, and observe the resonant enhancement of diffraction into a symmetry-prohibited order in silver gratings.
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Sciences
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Dissertations, Academic -- Sciences; Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic
Smith, Christian, "Experiments in Graphene and Plasmonics" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2004-2019. 1249.