We proposed a waveguide display design based on polarization dependent metagratings. By encoding the left and right half of field of view (FOV) in two orthogonal polarization channels, we achieved an overall horizontal FOV of 67° at 460 nm using a single waveguide, which is 70% larger than that achieved with conventional diffractive gratings. Metagratings that selectively diffract out TE or TM polarized light are designed and simulated using rigorous coupled wave analysis (RCWA). High polarization selectivity is achieved, with minimal crosstalk between the two channels. The transmission spectrum at normal incidence is calculated to assess the see-through effect. Remaining challenges such as fabrication and efficiency issues are discussed. The concept of multiplexing information in the polarization domain enables wide FOV waveguide displays for future AR devices.
Metamaterials, with the ability of tailoring optical properties of materials, have been applied to holograms recently, which has shown the priorities of switchable polarization and multicolor image comparing with the conventional holograms. However, the current metasurface based multicolor holograms have suffered the problems of narrow band and low efficiency in phase modulation for gold and silver when their feature dimensions are in few tens of nanometers. Interestingly, aluminum with higher plasma frequency could yield surface plasmon resonance across a broader range of the spectrum ranging from visible to UV. Metasurfaces incorporating with the aluminum offer the unique opportunity to extend the working wavelength to cover the entire visible spectrum for the generation of full color meta-holograms.
Here we demonstrated a phase modulated multicolor meta-hologram that is polarization dependent and capable of producing images in red, green and blue colors. The metahologram is made of aluminum nanorods that are arranged in a two-dimensional array of pixels with surface plasmon resonance in the visible to UV range. The aluminum nanorod array is patterned on a 30 nm thick SIO2 spacer layer sputtered on top of a 130nm thick aluminum mirror. With proper design of the structure, we obtain resonances of narrow bandwidths to allow for implementation of multicolor scheme. Taking into account of the wavelength dependence of the diffraction angle, we can project images to specific locations with predetermined size and order. With tuning of aluminum nanorod size, we demonstrate that the image color can be continuously varied across the visible spectrum.
We present a new platform that realizes high performance metasurfaces in the visible spectrum. This platform is based on atomic layer deposition of titanium dioxide and allows molding incident light wavefront to desired shapes including holographic images, optical vortices, and Bessel beams. The focus of this work will be on the design and demonstration of planar metalenses. We report on our recent experimental realization of high numerical aperture metalenses with efficiency as high as 86%. These metalenses can focus light into a diffraction-limited spot and can be employed for imaging purposes to provide sub-wavelength imaging resolution. In addition, by the judicious design of metalens building blocks, one can achieve a multispectral chiral metalens (MCML) within a single metasurface layer. The MCML can simultaneously resolve chiral and spectral information of an object without the requirement of additional optical components such as polarizers, wave-plates, or even gratings. Using this MCML, we map the chiroptical properties of a macroscopic chiral biological specimen across the visible range. Finally, since many applications require polarization insensitive planar lenses, we discuss the experimental realization of such metalenses with numerical apertures as high as NA=0.85. These metalenses can focus incident light to a spot as small as ~0.6lambda with efficiencies up to 70%. The straightforward and CMOS-compatible fabrication process of this platform is promising for a wide range of optics-based applications in multidisciplinary science and technology.
Using immersion lenses is a common approach to enhance the resolving power in various fields of optics such as microscopy and lithography. However, conventional immersion lenses are bulky, high-cost and are typically designed for only a few specific immersion liquids. The development of meta-surfaces provides a promising approach to manipulate light in a compact configuration, enabling many optical devices such as polarizers, waveplates and lenses. These are mainly focused in the near-infrared or the long-wavelength region of the visible spectrum due to fabrication challenges and intrinsic losses of materials used. Here, we demonstrate oil immersion planar lenses with a numerical aperture of 1.1 at visible wavelengths. The lenses provide diffraction-limited focal spots with Strehl ratios higher than 0.9 and 0.8 at their design wavelengths of 532 nm and 405 nm, respectively. Fabrication is based on an atomic-layer deposition (ALD) of TiO2. The loss of TiO2 in the visible is negligible and the surface roughness is well-controlled due to the precise monolayer growth of the TiO2 film. By applying the lens (designed at 532 nm) in a confocal scanning microscopy setup, we are able to achieve high-quality images with sub-wavelength resolution. It should be noted that this lens can be efficiently tailored for any liquid. We demonstrate another design for water-immersion lenses, which are highly applicable to super-resolution bio-imaging applications. The compactness and design flexibility of this platform is highly promising for widespread applications in imaging and spectroscopy.
The toroidal dipole moments of natural molecules are hard to be detected so the artificial toroidal materials made by metamaterial attract more attentions. Metamaterial, the sub-wavelength artificial structures, can modulate reflection or transmission of light. The toroidal metamaterial can not only amplify the toroidal moment but also repress the electric and magnetic dipole so it can be used to study the properties of toroidal dipole moment. However, there are many limitations for the experiments, such as the lateral light is necessary to excite the toroidal response. Most of the toroidal dipole moments oscillate perpendicularly to the substrate, therefore it is difficult to couple it with other dipole moments and could be only excited in the microwave region. In this paper, we design a toroidal metamaterial consisting of dumbbell-shaped aperture and vertical split ring resonator (VSRR) vertically. The toroidal dipole moment of our metamaterial is excited in the optical region. The arrangement of our nanostructures is vertical instead of planar annular arrangement to reduce the size of the unit cell and increase the density of the toroidal dipole moment. Moreover, the direction of toroidal dipole moment is parallel to the substrate which can be used for the study of the coupling effect with other kinds of dipolar moments.
Split-ring resonator (SRR), one kind of building block of metamaterials, attracts wide attentions due to the resonance excitation of electric and magnetic dipolar response. The fundamental plasmonic properties and potential applications in novel three dimensional vertical split-ring resonators (VSRRs) are designed and investigated. The resonant properties arose from the electric and magnetic interactions between the VSRR and light are theoretically and experimentally studied. Tuning the configuration of VSRR unit cells is able to generate various novel coupling phenomena in VSRRs, such as plasmon hybridization and Fano resonance. The magnetic resonance plays a key role in plasmon coupling in VSRRs. The VSRR-based refractive-index sensor is demonstrated. Due to the unique structural configuration, the enhanced plasmon fields localized in VSRR gaps can be lifted off from the dielectric substrate, allowing for the increase of sensing volume and enhancing the sensitivity. We perform a VSRR based metasurface for light manipulation in optical communication frequency. By changing the prong heights, the 2π phase modulation can be achieved in VSRR for the design of metasurface which can be used for high areal density integration of metal nanostructures and optoelectronic devices.
Toroidal dipole moments, the third kind of fundamental dipole moment, have unusual electromagnetic properties
different from the electric and magnetic multipoles. We fabricate a new type of 3D plasmonic toroidal metamaterial by
using mutual coupling between dumbbell-shaped gold apertures with vertical split-ring resonators (VSRRs) at optical
frequency. The radiated power of multipole moments are calculated and analyzed to improve the meta-system is
dominated by the toroidal dipole moment. This result paves a way for practical application on metamaterial based
devices, such as biosensor and lasing spaser.
Holograms, the optical devices to reconstruct pre-designed images, have been evolved dramatically since the advances in today’s nanotechnology [1-4]. Metamaterials, the sub-wavelength artificial structures with tailored refraction index, enable us to design the meta-hologram working in arbitrary frequency region. Here we demonstrated the first reflective type, dual image and high efficient meta-hologram with the incident angle as well as the coherence of incident wave insensitivity in visible region at least from λ = 632.8 nm to λ = 850 nm. The meta-hologram is composed of 50-nm-thick gold cross nano-antenna coupled with 130-nm-thick gold mirror with a 50-nm-thick MgF<sub>2</sub> as spacer. It shows different images “RCAS” and “NTU” with high image contract under x- and y-polarized illumination, respectively. Making use of the characteristic of meta-materials, these optical properties of proposed meta-hologram can be transferred to arbitrary electromagnetic region by scale-up the size of the unit cell of meta-hologram, leading to more compact, efficient and promising electromagnetic components.
Split ring resonator (SRR) has attracted wide attentions since the discovery of negative refraction in 2002. Here, we
designed and fabricated vertical SRR (VSRR) arrays and toroidal metamolecule by using double exposure e-beam
lithography with precise alignment technique, and their resonance behaviors are subsequently studied in optical region.
The fundamental resonance properties of VSRR are studied as well as the plasmon coupling in a VSRR dimer structure
by changing the gap distance between SRRs. In addition, we proposed a three-dimensional toroidal structure composed a
VSRR with a dumbbell structure that supported a toroidal resonance under normal incidence with broadband working
frequency. Such toroidal metamaterial confines effectively the electric as well as magnetic energy paving a way for
promising applications in the field of plasmonics, such as integrated 3D plasmonic metamaterials, plasmonic biosensor
and lasing spaser.
The toroidal as well as magnetic spectral responses at optical frequencies by integrating four gold U-shaped split-ring
resonators (SRRs) are numerically studied. We study two kinds of toroidal structures; the first one is consisted of four-up
U-shaped SRRs. The second kind, two of the four U-shaped SRRs is reversed showing two-up-two-down configuration.
By reversing two SRRs of toroidal structure, their toroidal resonance and magnetic resonance are also reversed between
higher and lower ones. The optical properties of toroidal resonance are also investigated in this paper.