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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 22 — Nov. 4, 2013
  • pp: 26620–26630

Arbitrary birefringent metamaterials for holographic optics at λ = 1.55 μm

Yu-Ju Tsai, Stéphane Larouche, Talmage Tyler, Antonio Llopis, Matthew Royal, Nan M. Jokerst, and David R. Smith  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 22, pp. 26620-26630 (2013)

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This paper presents an optical element capable of multiplexing two diffraction patterns for two orthogonal linear polarizations, based on the use of non-resonant metamaterial cross elements. The metamaterial cross elements provide unique building blocks for engineering arbitrary birefringence. As a proof-of-concept demonstration, we present the design and experimental characterization of a polarization multiplexed blazed diffraction grating and a polarization multiplexed computer-generated hologram, for the telecommunication wavelength of λ = 1.55 μm. A quantitative study of the polarization multiplexed grating reveals that this approach yields a very large polarization contrast ratio. The results show that metamaterials can form the basis for a versatile and compact platform useful in the design of multi-functional photonic devices.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

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Original Manuscript: September 13, 2013
Revised Manuscript: October 10, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2013
Published: October 28, 2013

Yu-Ju Tsai, Stéphane Larouche, Talmage Tyler, Antonio Llopis, Matthew Royal, Nan M. Jokerst, and David R. Smith, "Arbitrary birefringent metamaterials for holographic optics at λ = 1.55 μm," Opt. Express 21, 26620-26630 (2013)

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