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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 4 — Feb. 16, 2009
  • pp: 2871–2879

Metal nano-grid reflective wave plate

Y. Pang and R. Gordon  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 4, pp. 2871-2879 (2009)

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We propose an optical wave plate using a metal nano-grid. The wave plate operates in reflection mode. A single-mode truncated mode-matching theory is presented as a general method to design such nano-grid wave plates with the desired phase difference between the reflected TM and TE polarizations. This analytical theory allows angled incidence calculations as well, and numerical results agree-well with comprehensive finite-difference time-domain electromagnetic simulations. Due to the subwavelength path-length, the reflective wave plate is expected to have improved broad-band functionality over existing zero-order transmissive wave plates, for which an example is provided. The proposed wave plate is simple and compact, and it is amenable to existing nanofabrication techniques. The reflective geometry is especially promising for applications including liquid-crystal displays and laser feedback experiments.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons

ToC Category:
Optics at Surfaces

Original Manuscript: December 22, 2008
Revised Manuscript: February 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: February 10, 2009
Published: February 11, 2009

Y. Pang and R. Gordon, "Metal nano-grid reflective wave plate," Opt. Express 17, 2871-2879 (2009)

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