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Title: Photon-induced suppression of interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures

Abstract

We develop here a theory for interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures driven under a strong electromagnetic field, using $$\text{graphene}/h{-}\mathrm{BN}/\text{graphene}$$ as a paradigmatic example. Our theory predicts that strong antiresonances appear at bias voltage values equal to an integer multiple of the light frequency. These features are found to originate from photon-assisted resonant tunneling transitions between Floquet sidebands of different graphene layers, and are unique to two-band systems due to the interplay of both intraband and interband tunneling transitions. Our results point to the possibility of tunneling localization in van der Waals heterostructures using strong electromagnetic fields.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States). Dept. of Physics and Astronomy. Center for Materials for Information Technology
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Research Org.:
Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1523645
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1510836
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0019326
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Physical Review B
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 20; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9950
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; photovoltaic effect; Floquet systems; tunnel junctions; Van der Waals systems; nonequilibrium Green's function

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Lee, Woo-Ram, and Tse, Wang-Kong. Photon-induced suppression of interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.201403.
Lee, Woo-Ram, & Tse, Wang-Kong. Photon-induced suppression of interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.201403.
Lee, Woo-Ram, and Tse, Wang-Kong. Mon . "Photon-induced suppression of interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.99.201403.
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title = {Photon-induced suppression of interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures},
author = {Lee, Woo-Ram and Tse, Wang-Kong},
abstractNote = {We develop here a theory for interlayer tunneling in van der Waals heterostructures driven under a strong electromagnetic field, using $\text{graphene}/h{-}\mathrm{BN}/\text{graphene}$ as a paradigmatic example. Our theory predicts that strong antiresonances appear at bias voltage values equal to an integer multiple of the light frequency. These features are found to originate from photon-assisted resonant tunneling transitions between Floquet sidebands of different graphene layers, and are unique to two-band systems due to the interplay of both intraband and interband tunneling transitions. Our results point to the possibility of tunneling localization in van der Waals heterostructures using strong electromagnetic fields.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevB.99.201403},
journal = {Physical Review B},
number = 20,
volume = 99,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {5}
}

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