Colossal infrared and terahertz magneto-optical activity in a two-dimensional Dirac material

Andre Geim, Sheng Hu

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    When two-dimensional electron gases (2DEGs) are exposed to a magnetic field, they resonantly absorb electromagnetic radiation via electronic transitions between Landau levels1. In 2DEGs with a Dirac spectrum, such as graphene, theory predicts an exceptionally high infrared magneto-absorption, even at zero doping2,3,4,5. However, the measured Landau-level magneto-optical effects in graphene have been much weaker than expected2,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 because of imperfections in the samples available for such experiments. Here, we measure magneto-transmission and Faraday rotation in high-mobility encapsulated monolayer graphene using a custom-designed set-up for magneto-infrared microspectroscopy. Our results show strongly enhanced magneto-optical activity in the infrared and terahertz ranges, characterized by absorption of light near to the 50% maximum allowed, 100% magnetic circular dichroism and high Faraday rotation. Considering that sizeable effects have been already observed at routinely achievable magnetic fields, our findings demonstrate the potential of magnetic tuning in 2D Dirac materials for long-wavelength optoelectronics and plasmonics.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalNature Nanotechnology
    Early online date8 Jul 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

    • National Graphene Institute


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