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Near-field microscopy discloses a peculiar potential to explore novel quantum state of matter at the nanoscale, providing an intriguing playground to investigate, locally, carrier dynamics or propagation of photoexcited modes as plasmons, phonons, plasmon-polaritons or phonon-polaritons. Here, we exploit a combination of hyperspectral time domain spectroscopy nano-imaging and detectorless scattering near-field optical microscopy, at multiple terahertz frequencies, to explore the rich physics of layered topological insulators as Bi 2 Se 3 and Bi 2 Te 2.2 Se 0.8, hyperbolic materials with topologically protected surface states. By mapping the near-field scattering signal from a set of thin flakes of Bi 2 Se 3 and Bi 2 Te 2.2 Se 0.8 of various thicknesses, we shed light on the nature of the collective modes dominating their optical response in the 2-3 THz range. We capture snapshots of the activation of transverse and …
Nature Publishing Group
Publication date: 
18 Nov 2021

Eva Arianna Aurelia Pogna, Leonardo Viti, Antonio Politano, Massimo Brambilla, Gaetano Scamarcio, Miriam Serena Vitiello

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Volume: 12 Issue: 1 Pages: 1-11
Nature communications