Thursday, July 18, 2013

1307.4606 (Tobias Stauber et al.)

Optical conductivity, Drude weight and plasmons in twisted graphene

Tobias Stauber, Pablo San-Jose, Luis Brey
We numerically calculate the optical conductivity of twisted graphene bilayers within the continuum model. To obtain the imaginary part, we employ the regularized Kramers-Kronig relation allowing us to discuss arbitrary twist angles, chemical potential and temperature. We find that the Drude weight $D$ as function of the chemical potential $\mu$ closely follows the shell structure of twisted bilayer displayed by the density of states. For certain angles, this results in a transport gap D=0 at finite $\mu$. We also discuss the loss function which, for low doping, is characterized by acoustic interband "plasmons" and transitions close to the van Hove singularities. For larger doping, the plasmon mode of decoupled graphene bilayer is recovered that is damped especially for small wave numbers.
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