Recently, it was demonstrated by Gansel et al. [ Science 325, 1513 (2009)] that 3D single-helical metamaterials can serve as broadband circular polarizers in the IR range. In this study, we propose a structured metamaterial with double-helical nanowires to construct circular polarizers with boarder wavelength bands in the visible-light and near-IR regions. Using the finite-difference time-domain method, we confirmed that the circular polarizers with the double-helical structures have operation bands more than 50% broader than those of the single-helical structures.
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Original Manuscript: June 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2010
Published: July 26, 2010
Z. Y. Yang, M. Zhao, P. X. Lu, and Y. F. Lu, "Ultrabroadband optical circular polarizers consisting of double-helical nanowire structures," Opt. Lett. 35, 2588-2590 (2010)