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Title: Plasmonics of topological insulators at optical frequencies
Authors: Yin, Jun
Adamo, Giorgio
Chong, Yidong
Soci, Cesare
Krishnamoorthy, Harish Natarajan Swaha
Dubrovkin, Alexander M.
Zheludev, Nikolay I.
Keywords: Plasmonics
Topological Insulators
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Yin, J., Krishnamoorthy, H. N. S., Adamo, G., Dubrovkin, A. M., Chong, Y., Zheludev, N. I., & Soci, C. (2017). Plasmonics of topological insulators at optical frequencies. NPG Asia Materials, 9(8), e425-. doi:10.1038/am.2017.149
Series/Report no.: NPG Asia Materials
Abstract: The development of nanoplasmonic devices, such as plasmonic circuits and metamaterial superlenses in the visible to ultraviolet frequency range, is hampered by the lack of low-loss plasmonic media. Recently, strong plasmonic response was reported in a certain class of topological insulators. Here, we present a first-principles density functional theory analysis of the dielectric functions of topologically insulating quaternary (Bi,Sb)2(Te,Se)3 trichalcogenide compounds. Bulk plasmonic properties, dominated by interband transitions, are observed from 2 to 3 eV and extend to higher frequencies. Moreover, trichalcogenide compounds are better plasmonic media than gold and silver at blue and UV wavelengths. By analyzing thin slabs, we also show that these materials exhibit topologically protected surface states, which are capable of supporting propagating plasmon polariton modes over an extremely broad spectral range, from the visible to the mid-infrared and beyond, owing to a combination of inter- and intra-surface band transitions.
ISSN: 1884-4049
DOI: 10.1038/am.2017.149
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