Versatile Polarization Generation and Manipulation Using Dielectric Metasurfaces

Fei Ding*, Bingdong Chang, Qunshuo Wei, Lingling Huang, Xiaowei Guan, Sergey I. Bozhevolnyi

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Advances in polarization optics and integrated photonics require fundamentally new polarization-managing strategies allowing for efficient generation and complete control over vectorial fields with well-defined polarization states using surface-confined configurations with ultracompact footprints and extended bandwidths. Recently, metasurfaces have been extensively explored to demonstrate compact planar devices enabling diverse polarization control. However, the main drawback of the state-of-the-art metasurface-based polarization converters is related to their limitations resulting in individual simple functionalities and low-efficiencies. Here, the strategy for producing dielectric metasurfaces that efficiently generate diversified polarization states with controllable wavefronts and high efficiencies over a broadband spectrum range from a linearly-polarized light source by generalizing an existing theory of simultaneous phase and polarization control with birefringent meta-atoms, is demonstrated. Advanced polarization and wavefront manipulation functionalized to realize an efficient polarization-resolved multifocal metalens and vectorial holographic display is accomplished using judiciously designed dielectric metasurfaces composed of segmented sub-arrays capable of manipulating, simultaneously and independently, both polarization and phase of the transmitted beams. The versatility of this concept provides opportunities to develop a complete set of flat polarization optics for integrated photonics and quantum optics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2000116
JournalLaser and Photonics Reviews
Issue number11
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2020


  • dielectric metasurfaces
  • multifocal metalens
  • vectorial holographic display
  • versatile polarization generation and manipulation


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