Meta-component example:
Spatially varying polarization

S plate traditional

Reading time: 10 minutesWritten for: optical engineers, photonics engineers, researchers, technology scouts. Extra-relevant if you are interested in: meta-surfaces, spatially varying polarization (e.g. S-plate, Q-plate, J-plate), HWP, birefringent meta-material. Application examples: Structured light for lithography, Optical tweezers or microscopy; radially symmetric beams for high quality laser cutting. This article was published as part of an […]

Half wave plate for 1700 nm

Calcite crystal

¬†Reading time: 8 minutes Written for: optical engineers, photonics engineers, researchers, technology scoutsExtra-relevant if you are interested in: meta-surfaces , HWP, birefringent meta material Versatile design of half wave plates (HWP) based on metamaterials Half-wave plates are one of the standard components one can find in any optical lab next to lenses and neutral density […]

Two colour meta-surface hologram: PlanOpSim design example

Simulated two colour meta-surface hologram

Holograms have always appealed to the imagination of both scientists and the general public. But wide angle and full colour holograms has proven elusive despite many years of research. In this article we explore some of the possibilities for making meta-surface holograms and how they can contribute to this lofty goal.

Design example: a polarization splitting meta-lens for 1550nm

An attractive feature of meta-surfaces is the ability to encode different functionalities for different incident light, for example wavelength or polarization selective behaviour. This can be achieved by selecting and placing meta-atoms which have simultaneous but different effects for different incident light beams. In this example such a multi-functional meta-surface will be designed. The goal […]

What are metasurfaces good for? A look at beamshaping applications.

The development of optics and photonics technology in areas such as sensing, telecom and display is on a constant quest for increasingly more compact and more performant assemblies. This article provides an overview of the various ways in which ultra-thin metasurfaces can be used to design compact beamshaping in various optical applications.  The advantages of […]