Graphene and graphene-like two-dimensional materials in photodetection: Mechanisms and methodology

Zhenhua Sun, Haixin Chang

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    Graphene and graphene-like two-dimensional (2D) materials have attracted much attention due to its extraordinary electronic and optical properties, which accommodate a large potential in optoelectronic applications such as photodetection. However, although much progress has been made, many challenges exist in fundamental and practical aspects hindering graphene and graphene-like 2D materials from photodetector and other photonic and optoelectronic applications. Here, we review the recent progress in photodetection based on graphene and graphene-like 2D materials and start with the summary of some most important physical mechanisms, including photoelectric, photo-Thermoelectric, and photo-bolometric regimes. Then methodology-level discussions are given from viewpoints of state-of-The-Art designs in device geometry and materials. It is worth emphasizing that emerging photodetection and photodetectors based on graphene-like 2D materials such as metal chalcogenide nanosheets are reviewed systematically. Finally, we conclude this review in a brief discussion with remaining challenges in photodetection of two-dimensional photonics and optoelectronics (2D POE) and note that complete understandings of 2D materials and 2D POE may inspire solar energy conversion and other new applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)4133-4156
    Number of pages24
    JournalACS Nano
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2014 May 27


    • device geometry
    • graphene
    • graphene-like two-dimensional materials
    • materials engineering
    • mechanism
    • methodology
    • photodetection
    • photodetector
    • two-dimensional photonics and optoelectronics

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Engineering(all)
    • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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