Dynamics of quasiparticles in graphene under intense circularly polarized light

Dmitry Yudin, Olle Eriksson, Mikhail I. Katsnelson

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A monolayer of graphene irradiated with circularly polarized light suggests a unique platform for surface electromagnetic wave (plasmon-polariton) manipulation. In fact, the time periodicity of the Hamiltonian leads to a geometric Aharonov-Anandan phase and results in a photovoltaic Hall effect in graphene, creating off-diagonal components of the conductivity tensor. The latter drastically changes the dispersion relation of surface plasmon-polaritons, leading to hybrid wave generation. In this paper we present a systematic and self-contained analysis of the hybrid surface waves obtained from Maxwell equations based on a microscopic formula for the conductivity. We consider a practical example of graphene sandwiched between two dielectric media and show that in the one-photon approximation there is formation of propagating hybrid surface waves. From this analysis emerges the possibility of a reliable experimental realization to study Zitterbewegung of charge carriers of graphene.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075419
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2015
Externally publishedYes


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