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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Jun. 17, 2013
  • pp: 14975–14981

Twisting light with hyperbolic metamaterials

Jingbo Sun, Jinwei Zeng, and Natalia M. Litchinitser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 14975-14981 (2013)

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We propose a novel, miniaturized astigmatic optical element based on a single biaxial hyperbolic metamaterial that enables the conversion of Hermite-Gaussian beams into vortex beams carrying an orbital angular momentum and vice versa. As an example, we design a biaxial anisotropic metamaterial that introduces a π/2 phase shift between two orthogonal components of a Hermite–Gaussian beam due to the optical path difference and at the same time astigmatically focuses these orthogonal components such that they recombine in a symmetric Laguerre-Gaussian beam. We design the proposed device using an array of silver nanowires in an MgF2 matrix. The advantages of the proposed approach over the existing bulk optics based techniques include compactness and therefore, compatibility with ultra-compact opto-electronic circuits, potential re-configurability and an increased tolerance to misalignment.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

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Original Manuscript: April 3, 2013
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2013
Published: June 17, 2013

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Jingbo Sun, Jinwei Zeng, and Natalia M. Litchinitser, "Twisting light with hyperbolic metamaterials," Opt. Express 21, 14975-14981 (2013)

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