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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11990–12001

Incident-angle-insensitive and polarization independent polarization rotator

Mingkai Liu, Yanbing Zhang, Xuehua Wang, and Chongjun Jin  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11990-12001 (2010)

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This paper proposes a method to design an incident-angle-insensitive polarization-independent polarization rotator. This polarization rotator is composed of layers of impedance-matched anisotropic metamaterial (IMAM) with each layer’s optical axes gradually rotating an angle. Numerical simulation based on the generalized 4 × 4 transfer matrix method is applied, and the results reveal that the IMAM rotator is not only polarization-independent but also insensitive to the angle of incidence. A 90° polarization rotation with tiny ellipticity variation is still available at a wide range of incident angles from 0 to 40°, which is further confirmed with a microwave bi-split-ring resonator (bi-SRR) rotator. This may be valuable for the design of optoelectronic and microwave devices.

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OCIS Codes
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Integrated Optics

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 8, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2010
Published: May 21, 2010

Mingkai Liu, Yanbing Zhang, Xuehua Wang, and Chongjun Jin, "Incident-angle-insensitive and polarization independent polarization rotator," Opt. Express 18, 11990-12001 (2010)

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