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Polarization-Independent Silicon Metadevices for Efficient Optical Wavefront Control

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posted on 12.08.2015, 00:00 by Katie E. Chong, Isabelle Staude, Anthony James, Jason Dominguez, Sheng Liu, Salvatore Campione, Ganapathi S. Subramania, Ting S. Luk, Manuel Decker, Dragomir N. Neshev, Igal Brener, Yuri S. Kivshar
We experimentally demonstrate a functional silicon metadevice at telecom wavelengths that can efficiently control the wavefront of optical beams by imprinting a spatially varying transmittance phase independent of the polarization of the incident beam. Near-unity transmittance efficiency and close to 0–2π phase coverage are enabled by utilizing the localized electric and magnetic Mie-type resonances of low-loss silicon nanoparticles tailored to behave as electromagnetically dual-symmetric scatterers. We apply this concept to realize a metadevice that converts a Gaussian beam into a vortex beam. The required spatial distribution of transmittance phases is achieved by a variation of the lattice spacing as a single geometric control parameter.