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Single-Nanoparticle Plasmonic Electro-optic Modulator Based on MoS2 Monolayers

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posted on 01.09.2017, 00:00 by Bowen Li, Shuai Zu, Jiadong Zhou, Qiao Jiang, Bowen Du, Hangyong Shan, Yang Luo, Zheng Liu, Xing Zhu, Zheyu Fang
The manipulation of light in an integrated circuit is crucial for the development of high-speed electro-optic devices. Recently, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) monolayers generated broad interest for the optoelectronics because of their huge exciton binding energy, tunable optical emission, direct electronic band-gap structure, etc. Miniaturization and multifunctionality of electro-optic devices further require the manipulation of light–matter interaction at the single-nanoparticle level. The strong exciton–plasmon interaction that is generated between the MoS2 monolayers and metallic nanostructures may be a possible solution for compact electro-optic devices at the nanoscale. Here, we demonstrate a nanoplasmonic modulator in the visible spectral region by combining the MoS2 monolayers with a single Au nanodisk. The narrow MoS2 excitons coupled with broad Au plasmons result in a deep Fano resonance, which can be switched on and off by applying different gate voltages on the MoS2 monolayers. A reversible display device that is based on this single-nanoparticle modulator is demonstrated with a heptamer pattern that is actively controlled by the external gates. Our work provides a potential application for electro-optic modulation on the nanoscale and promotes the development of gate-tunable nanoplasmonic devices in the future.