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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 31530–31539

Aberrations of flat lenses and aplanatic metasurfaces

Francesco Aieta, Patrice Genevet, Mikhail Kats, and Federico Capasso  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 31530-31539 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.031530


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Abstract

A study of optical aberrations for flat lenses based on phase discontinuities is reported. The wave aberration function and the analytical expression of the aberrations up to the 4th order are derived to describe the performance of both ideal and practical flat lenses. We find that aberration-free focusing is possible under axial illumination but off-axis aberrations appear when the excitation is not normal to the interface. An alternative design for an aplanatic metasurface on a curved substrate is proposed to focus light without coma and spherical aberrations.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(080.1010) Geometric optics : Aberrations (global)
(080.3630) Geometric optics : Lenses
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(250.5403) Optoelectronics : Plasmonics

ToC Category:
Metamaterials

History
Original Manuscript: October 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 5, 2013
Published: December 13, 2013

Citation
Francesco Aieta, Patrice Genevet, Mikhail Kats, and Federico Capasso, "Aberrations of flat lenses and aplanatic metasurfaces," Opt. Express 21, 31530-31539 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-25-31530


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