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Title: Metasurface polarization splitter

Abstract

Polarization beam splitters, devices that separate the two orthogonal polarizations of light into different propagation directions, are among the most ubiquitous optical elements. However, traditionally polarization splitters rely on bulky optical materials, while emerging optoelectronic and photonic circuits require compact, chip-scale polarization splitters. Here, we show that a rectangular lattice of cylindrical silicon Mie resonators functions as a polarization splitter, efficiently reflecting one polarization while transmitting the other. We show that the polarization splitting arises from the anisotropic permittivity and permeability of the metasurface due to the twofold rotational symmetry of the rectangular unit cell. Lastly, the high polarization efficiency, low loss and low profile make these metasurface polarization splitters ideally suited for monolithic integration with optoelectronic and photonic circuits.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4];  [4];  [5];  [1]; ORCiD logo [2]
  1. SRI International, Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  2. Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)
  3. Washington State Univ., Pullman, WA (United States)
  4. Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  5. Univ. of Southampton, Southampton (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States). Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC)
OSTI Identifier:
1351760
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC05-00OR22725
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 375; Journal Issue: 2090; Journal ID: ISSN 1364-503X
Publisher:
The Royal Society Publishing
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; 42 ENGINEERING

Citation Formats

Slovick, Brian A., Zhou, You, Yu, Zhi Gang, Kravchenko, Ivan I., Briggs, Dayrl P., Moitra, Parikshit, Krishnamurthy, Srini, and Valentine, Jason. Metasurface polarization splitter. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0072.
Slovick, Brian A., Zhou, You, Yu, Zhi Gang, Kravchenko, Ivan I., Briggs, Dayrl P., Moitra, Parikshit, Krishnamurthy, Srini, & Valentine, Jason. Metasurface polarization splitter. United States. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0072.
Slovick, Brian A., Zhou, You, Yu, Zhi Gang, Kravchenko, Ivan I., Briggs, Dayrl P., Moitra, Parikshit, Krishnamurthy, Srini, and Valentine, Jason. Mon . "Metasurface polarization splitter". United States. doi:10.1098/rsta.2016.0072. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1351760.
@article{osti_1351760,
title = {Metasurface polarization splitter},
author = {Slovick, Brian A. and Zhou, You and Yu, Zhi Gang and Kravchenko, Ivan I. and Briggs, Dayrl P. and Moitra, Parikshit and Krishnamurthy, Srini and Valentine, Jason},
abstractNote = {Polarization beam splitters, devices that separate the two orthogonal polarizations of light into different propagation directions, are among the most ubiquitous optical elements. However, traditionally polarization splitters rely on bulky optical materials, while emerging optoelectronic and photonic circuits require compact, chip-scale polarization splitters. Here, we show that a rectangular lattice of cylindrical silicon Mie resonators functions as a polarization splitter, efficiently reflecting one polarization while transmitting the other. We show that the polarization splitting arises from the anisotropic permittivity and permeability of the metasurface due to the twofold rotational symmetry of the rectangular unit cell. Lastly, the high polarization efficiency, low loss and low profile make these metasurface polarization splitters ideally suited for monolithic integration with optoelectronic and photonic circuits.},
doi = {10.1098/rsta.2016.0072},
journal = {Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. A, Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences},
number = 2090,
volume = 375,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {2}
}

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Figure 1 Figure 1: Schematic of the anisotropic metasurface (a) and the calculated reflectivity for $a_x$ = 0.7 µm and different values of $a_y$ , for light propagating along z and polarized along x (b) and y (c). As $a_y$ increases, the reflection maximum due to the electric resonance at 1.3 µmmore » decreases for both polarizations, while the maximum due to the magnetic resonance at 1.55 µm decreases only for E||y.« less

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    Supplementary material from "Metasurface polarization splitter"
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    • Slovick, Brian A.; Zhou, You; Yu, Zhi Gang
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