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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2588–2590

Ultrabroadband optical circular polarizers consisting of double-helical nanowire structures

Z. Y. Yang, M. Zhao, P. X. Lu, and Y. F. Lu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 15, pp. 2588-2590 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.002588


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Abstract

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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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(160.3918) Materials : Metamaterials

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: July 3, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 5, 2010
Published: July 26, 2010

Citation
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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-15-2588


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