Broadband and Wide Field-of-view Plasmonic Metasurface-enabled Waveplates

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Penn State MRSEC DMR-0820404: Zhi Hao Jiang, Lan Lin, Ding Ma, Seokho Yun, Douglas H. Werner, Zhiwen Liu and Theresa S. Mayer (Scientific Reports 4, 2014, doi:10.1038/srep07511)

Quasi two-dimensional metasurfaces composed of subwavelength nanoresonator arrays can tailor the light properties in an ultra-thin planar geometry. MRSEC researchers demonstrated the plasmonic metasurfce-enabled waveplates with an array of strongly coupled nanorod resonators to achieve the polarization conversion ratio higher than 92% over more than an octave bandwidth from 640 nm to 1290 nm and a wide field-of-view (FOV) of ±40º. This work outlines a versatile strategy to create metasurface-based photonics with diverse optical functionalities and represents a new state-of-the-art of ultrathin optical components with broad operational bandwidth, wide FOV and high efficiency.!

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2014
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IRG 4 - Multicomponent Assemblies for Collective Function