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Nanophotonics of low-dimensional semiconductor oxides in the infrared and terahertz regimes

Grant number: 20/15740-3
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): August 01, 2021
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Physics - Condensed Matter Physics
Principal Investigator:Raul de Oliveira Freitas
Grantee:Rafael Alves Mayer
Host Institution: Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM). Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:19/14017-9 - From excitons waves to THz-phonons: 2Ds materials nano-optics via synchrotron infrared nanospectroscopy, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):22/06709-0 - Unveiling magnetoplasmon polaritons in graphene with THz s-SNOM in extreme conditions, BE.EP.DR


Nanostructured semiconductors represent one of the most relevant advances in Science with applications in several areas of the industry. However, employing them for the development of nanophotonic devices is still a challenge. In contrast, two-dimensional materials, such as graphene and others, have proved to be exceptional platforms for the confinement of light at the nanoscale. Through the coupling of light with fundamental resonances of matter, hybrid modes of light and polarization, called polaritons, can be confined beyond the diffraction limit. Recently, Semiconductor Oxides (SO) have presented themselves as alternative materials, demonstrating exotic polaritonic properties, such as anisotropic propagation in the plane, chemically tunable dispersion, and vibration activity in the mid-infrared (Mid-IR) to Terahertz (THz). Despite these advances, there is still a diversity of nanostructured SO that can be exploited. In this project, we will study the polaritonic properties of SO, such as h-MoO3, TeO2, and SnO2 designed and fabricated through electron beam lithography (e-beam) and plasma corrosion to operate as nanoresonators and waveguides. Numerical simulations will support the design of resonant nanostructures so that they can be fabricated in an optimized way. Through Scattering Near-Field Optical Microscopy (s-SNOM) and other experimental techniques, we will access the fundamental nano-optical properties of these materials. We emphasize that the results foreseen in this research can potentially serve as basis for the development of new nanophotonic devices in the Mid-IR to the THz ranges. (AU)

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BARCELOS, INGRID D.; CANASSA, THALITA A.; MAYER, RAFAEL A.; FERES, FLAVIO H.; DE OLIVEIRA, EYNARA G.; GONCALVES, ALEM-MAR B.; BECHTEL, HANS A.; FREITAS, RAUL O.; MAIA, FRANCISCO C. B.; ALVES, DIEGO C. B.. ltrabroadband Nanocavity of Hyperbolic Phonon-Polaritons in 1D-Like alpha-MoO. ACS PHOTONICS, v. 8, n. 10, p. 3017-3026, . (20/15740-3, 19/14017-9)
MAYER, RAFAEL A.; FERES, FLAVIO H.; MAIA, FRANCISCO C. B.; BARCELOS, INGRID D.; MCLEOD, ALEXANDER S.; RODIN, ALEKSANDR; FREITAS, RAUL O.. Guidelines for Engineering Directional Polariton Launchers. PHYSICAL REVIEW APPLIED, v. 18, n. 3, p. 10-pg., . (19/08818-9, 20/15740-3, 19/14017-9)

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