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Opt Express. 2017 Feb 20;25(4):3268-3285. doi: 10.1364/OE.25.003268.

Third harmonic generation from graphene lying on different substrates: optical-phonon resonances and interference effects.


Graphene is a nonlinear material which can be used as a saturable absorber, frequency mixer and frequency multiplier. We theoretically study the third harmonic generation from graphene lying on different dielectric (dispersionless or polar) substrates, metalized or non-metalized on the back side. We show that the third harmonic intensity emitted from graphene lying on a substrate, can be increased by orders of magnitude as compared to the isolated graphene, due the LO-phonon resonances in a polar dielectric or due to the interference effects in the substrates metalized on the back side. In some frequency intervals, the presence of the polar dielectric substrate compensates the strongly decreasing with ω frequency dependence of the third-order conductivity of graphene making the response almost frequency independent. Our results can be used for the development of graphene based frequency multipliers operating in microwave through infrared frequencies.


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