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31 December 2019 Infrared imaging in nonlinear GaAs metasurfaces
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Dielectric metasurfaces have recently shown to be an excellent candidate for efficient frequency mixing at the nanoscale due to the excitation of Mie resonances. Among various dielectric materials, GaAs-based nanostructures have been reported to have high-efficiency of second-order nonlinear processes due to their high quadratic nonlinear susceptibility. Efficient frequency up-conversion can thereby be realised in GaAs-based metasurfaces through the process of sum-frequency generation (SFG), thereby opening new opportunities for nonlinear imaging and infrared vision not possible before. Here we demonstrate for the first time, infrared imaging based on nonlinear mixing of an infrared image with a pump beam in a GaAs resonant metasurface. The nonlinear mixing process generates visible images (Fig. 1a), which can be time resolved with femtosecond resolution and can be observed on a conventional CMOS sensor. Our results open new opportunities for the development of compact night-vision devices operating at room temperature and have multiple applications in defense and life sciences.
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