Spin-Decoupled Multifunctional Metasurface for Asymmetric Polarization Generation

Yuehong Xu, Quan Li, Xueqian Zhang, Minggui Wei, Quan Xu, Qiu Wang, Huifang Zhang, Wentao Zhang, Cong Hu, Zhenwei Zhang, Cunlin Zhang, Xixiang Zhang, Jiaguang Han, Weili Zhang

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Abstract

Integrating multiple functionalities into a single device is a striking field in metasurfaces. One promising aspect is polarization-dependent meta-devices enabled by simultaneous phase control over orthogonally polarized waves. Among these, Pancharatnam-Berry (PB) metasurfaces have drawn enormous interest owing to their natural and robust phase control ability over different circularly polarized waves. However, the phase responses are locked to be opposite with each other, resulting in interrelated functionalities under the circularly polarized incidence. Here, a generic designing method based on transmission-type dielectric metasurfaces is proposed in the terahertz regime, which breaks this relation by further incorporating dynamic phase with geometric phase, namely, spin-decoupled phase control method. We demonstrate this method by designing and characterizing an efficient multifunctional meta-grating, which splits different circularly polarized waves to asymmetric angles under normal incidences. More importantly, we promote this method by designing several multiplexed meta-gratings for applications of asymmetric polarization generation, which can convert arbitrary linearly polarized wave to two different linearly polarized waves with nearly equal strength and split them to asymmetric angles with a polarization-insensitive efficiency. The designing strategy proposed here shows an impressive robustness and a great flexibility for designing multifunctional metasurface-based devices and opens new avenues toward modulation of polarization states and the application of metasurfaces in beam steering and polarization multiplexing systems.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2933-2941
Number of pages9
JournalACS Photonics
Volume6
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 28 2019

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