Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

Document Type



Engineering Physics


Graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice, has attracted attention in recent years due to its unique electronic, mechanical, and optical properties. Being one atom layer thick, it is the closest material to a two dimensional lattice. It was initially discovered by peeling scotch tape off of graphite, but since has been produced by an alternative method called Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD). This paper explains the process, physics, and results of growing graphene via CVD. Among many other applications, graphene has unique optical properties that occur due to its electronic band structure. These optical properties imply the potential of using graphene as a mirror to convert continuous wave lasers into pulsed lasers. This paper includes an in-depth analysis of saturable absorbers and the effectiveness of using CVD graphene for saturable absorber mirrors.