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Chin. Phys. B, 2020, Vol. 29(8): 084210    DOI: 10.1088/1674-1056/ab96a1

Hyperbolic metamaterials for high-efficiency generation of circularly polarized Airy beams

Lin Chen(陈林), Huihui Li(李会会), Weiming Hao(郝玮鸣), Xiang Yin(殷祥), Jian Wang(王健)
Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Abstract  Metasurfaces have exhibited considerable capability for generating Airy beams. However, the available plasmonic/dielectric metasurfaces Airy-beam generators have low transmission efficiency and/or poor quality of generated beam because they lack the amplitude modulation. Hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) have recently provided an alternative strategy for building high-performance meta-devices that are capable of flexibly modulating the phase, amplitude and polarization state of light. Here we reveal that both the propagation phase and the Pancharatnam-Berry phase can contribute to the local transmission phase of circularly polarized electromagnetic waves by using HMMs. This thus provides us with great freedom to design HMM units with different cross-sections to independently control the transmission phase and amplitude. Here, we design circularly polarized Airy-beam generators in the microwave and near-infrared domains, which require binary phase and polynary amplitude, and validate the good performance in the microwave experiment. Our work can facilate the generation of a complicated light field that highly requires independent and complete control of the transmission phase and amplitude under circularly polarized incidence.
Keywords:  hyperbolic metamaterials      Airy beam      phase and amplitude modulation  
Received:  29 February 2020      Revised:  23 April 2020      Published:  05 August 2020
PACS:  42.25.Lc (Birefringence)  
  42.79.-e (Optical elements, devices, and systems)  
  42.30.Lr (Modulation and optical transfer functions)  
  78.67.Pt (Multilayers; superlattices; photonic structures; metamaterials)  
Fund: Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11474116 and 11674118).
Corresponding Authors:  Lin Chen     E-mail:

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Lin Chen(陈林), Huihui Li(李会会), Weiming Hao(郝玮鸣), Xiang Yin(殷祥), Jian Wang(王健) Hyperbolic metamaterials for high-efficiency generation of circularly polarized Airy beams 2020 Chin. Phys. B 29 084210

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