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Title: Topological-insulator-based terahertz modulator
Authors: Wang, X. B.
Cheng, Liang
Wu, Yang
Zhu, D. P.
Wang, L.
Zhu, Jian-Xin
Yang, Hyunsoo
Chia, Elbert Ee Min
Keywords: DRNTU::Science::Physics
Topological Insulators
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Wang, X. B., Cheng, L., Wu, Y., Zhu, D. P., Wang, L., Zhu, J.-X., . . . Chia, E. E. M. (2017). Topological-insulator-based terahertz modulator. Scientific Reports, 7, 13486-. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13701-9
Series/Report no.: Scientific Reports
Abstract: Three dimensional topological insulators, as a new phase of quantum matters, are characterized by an insulating gap in the bulk and a metallic state on the surface. Particularly, most of the topological insulators have narrow band gaps, and hence have promising applications in the area of terahertz optoelectronics. In this work, we experimentally demonstrate an electronically-tunable terahertz intensity modulator based on Bi1:5Sb0:5Te1:8Se1:2 single crystal, one of the most insulating topological insulators. A relative frequency-independent modulation depth of ~62% over a wide frequency range from 0.3 to 1.4 THz has been achieved at room temperature, by applying a bias current of 100 mA. The modulation in the low current regime can be further enhanced at low temperature. We propose that the extraordinarily large modulation is a consequence of thermally-activated carrier absorption in the semiconducting bulk states. Our work provides a new application of topological insulators for terahertz technology.
ISSN: 2045-2322
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-13701-9
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