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Optically Tunable Mie Resonance VO2 Nanoantennas for Metasurfaces in the Visible

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posted on 12.04.2021, 14:38 by Peter Kepič, Filip Ligmajer, Martin Hrtoň, Haoran Ren, Leonardo de S. Menezes, Stefan A. Maier, Tomáš Šikola
Metasurfaces are ultrathin nanostructured surfaces that can allow arbitrary manipulation of light. Implementing dynamic tunability into their design could allow the optical functions of metasurfaces to be rapidly modified at will. The most pronounced and robust tunability of optical properties is provided by phase-change materials such as vanadium dioxide (VO2) and germanium antimony telluride (GST), but their implementations have been limited only to near-infrared wavelengths. Here, we demonstrate that VO2 nanoantennas with widely tunable Mie resonances can be utilized for designing tunable metasurfaces in the visible range. In contrast to the dielectric-metallic VO2 phase transition-induced tunability in previous demonstrations, we show that persisting dielectric Mie resonances in VO2 nanoantennas offer remarkable scattering and extinction modulation depths (5–8 dB and 1–3 dB, respectively) for tunability in the visible. Moreover, these strong resonances are optically switchable using a continuous-wave laser. Our results establish VO2 nanostructures as low-loss building blocks of optically tunable metasurfaces.