Publication Details

Yue, Z., Cai, B., Wang, L., Wang, X. & Gu, M. (2016). Intrinsically core-shell plasmonic dielectric nanostructures with ultrahigh refractive index. science advances, 2 (3), e150153-1-e150153-8.


Topological insulators are a new class of quantum material s with metallic (edge) surface states and insulating bulk states. They demonstrate a variety of novel electronic and optical properties, which make them highly promising electronic, spintronic, and optoelectronic materials. We report on a novel conic plasmonic nanostructure that is made of bulk-insulating topological insulators and has an intrinsic core-shell formation. The insulating (dielectric) core of the nanocone displays an ultrahigh refractive index of up to 5.5 in the near-infrared frequency range. On the metallic shell, plasmonic response and strong backward light scattering were observed in the visible frequency range. Through in- tegrating the nanocone arrays into a-Si thin film solar cel ls, up to 15% enhancement of light absorption was predicted in the ultraviolet and visible ranges. With these unique features, the intrinsically core-shell plasmonic nanostructure paves a new way for designing low-loss and high-performance visible to infrared optical devices.