Functional metasurface quarter-wave plates for simultaneous polarization conversion and beam steering

Yadong Deng, Cuo Wu, Chao Meng, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi*, Fei Ding

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The capability to manipulate the polarization state of light at the nanoscale is of paramount importance in many emerging research areas ranging from optical communication to quantum information processing. Gap-surface plasmon (GSP) metasurfaces, which provide advantages and abilities of molding reflected fields, have been demonstrated excellently suited for integration of multifunctional polarization optics into a single device. Here, we establish a versatile GSP metasurface platform based on nanoscale quarter-wave plates (nano-QWPs) that enable efficient circular-to-linear polarization conversion along with the complete phase control over reflected fields. Capitalizing on the nano-QWP design, we demonstrate, both theoretically and experimentally, how resonance and geometric phases can be used in concert to achieve independent and simultaneous phase modulation of both co- A nd cross-polarized circularly polarized (CP) waves by realizing arbitrary beam steering of co- A nd cross-polarized CP channels in a broadband near-infrared range. The GSP metasurface platform established in our work provides versatile and flexible solutions to enrich multiple functionalities for diversified metasurface-based polarization optics exploited in modern integrated photonic devices and systems.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Nano
Issue number11
Pages (from-to)18532–18540
Publication statusPublished - 23. Nov 2021

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  • beam steering
  • gap-surface plasmon metasurface
  • geometric phase
  • polarization conversion
  • quarter-wave plates
  • resonance phase


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