Versatile polarization generation by using aluminum plasmonic metasurface

Mu Ku Chen, Pin Chieh Wu, Wei Yi Tsai, Hsiang Chu Wang, Jia Wern Chen, Chun Yen Liao, Cheng Hung Chu, Greg Sun, Din Ping Tsai

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All forms of light manipulation depend on light-matter interaction, the fundamental mechanism is the modulation of its electromagnetic fields by the localized electromagnetic fields of atoms. The polarization of the electromagnetic field is the important factors to influence the strength of interaction. The generation and manipulation of light polarization have been traditionally accomplished with bulky optical components such as waveplates, polarizers, and polarization beam splitters that are optically thick. The miniaturization of these devices is highly desirable for the development of a new class of compact, flat, and broadband optical components that can be integrated together on a single photonics chip. Here we demonstrate a reflective metasurface polarization generator (MPG) capable of producing light beams of any polarizations all from a linearly polarized light source with a single optically thin chip. Six polarization light beams are achieved simultaneously including four linear polarizations along different directions and two circular polarizations, all conveniently separated into different reflection angles. Using the Pancharatnam- Berry phase-modulation method, the MPG sample was fabricated with aluminum as the plasmonic metal instead of the conventional gold or silver, which allowed for its broadband operation covering the entire visible spectrum. The versatility and compactness of the MPG capable of transforming any incident wave into light beams of arbitrary polarizations over a broad spectral range are an important step forward in achieving a complete set of flat optics for integrated photonics with far-reaching applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017
PublisherOSA - The Optical Society
ISBN (Electronic)9781557528209
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: 18 Sept 201721 Sept 2017

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F66-FiO 2017


ConferenceFrontiers in Optics, FiO 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials


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