Special Issue "Planar Optical Components Based on the Prepatterned Surfaces, Metasurfaces, and Hybrid Nanomaterials II"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991). This special issue belongs to the section "Nanophotonics Materials and Devices".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2023) | Viewed by 2520

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ICMol- The Institute of Molecular Science, Universitat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Interests: magneto-plasmonic hybrid materials; metasurfaces for quantum light enhancement; optically driven spin control in magnetic materials
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Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, metasurface research has received extensive attention because of the ability of metadevices to manage light. Despite their success in the lab, the further integration of metasurfaces into the industrial sector depends on our capability to circumvent technical issues, such as the scalability of nanofabrication processes or control of metasurface responses (also called reconfigurability).

At the midway point between metasurface technology and regular microelectronics, a new generation of planar devices has recently appeared. Multifunctional heterostructures based on nanocomposites, self-assembled monolayers or ultra-thin metals are extensively reported in the literature. These approaches can pale the scalability problem found in metasurfaces, as they do not need nanolithography. As a drawback, most approaches do not exhibit a clear collective response, and the synergic operation of their constituents is achieved in very limited and specific applications.

This Special Issue will focus the field of micro- and nano-devices, operating on a broad spectrum, ranging from ultraviolet to Terahertz, covering all aspects from the design of complex metasurfaces to scalable surface chemistry methods or the simple assembly of multilayers by means of regular physical vapour deposition. We will pay special attention to the reconfigurability and external control of the device properties. This way we expect to guide the capabilities of current experimental approaches and unlock their potential to face further technological challenges.

Dr. Josep Canet-Ferrer
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • metasurface
  • metamaterial
  • plasmonics
  • nanofabrication
  • nanoparticles
  • hybrid materials
  • 2D crystals
  • heterostructures
  • ultra-thin films
  • dewetted surfaces

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UV-Nanoimprint and Deep Reactive Ion Etching of High Efficiency Silicon Metalenses: High Throughput at Low Cost with Excellent Resolution and Repeatability
Nanomaterials 2023, 13(3), 436; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano13030436 - 20 Jan 2023
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As metasurfaces begin to find industrial applications there is a need to develop scalable and cost-effective fabrication techniques which offer sub-100 nm resolution while providing high throughput and large area patterning. Here we demonstrate the use of UV-Nanoimprint Lithography and Deep Reactive Ion [...] Read more.
As metasurfaces begin to find industrial applications there is a need to develop scalable and cost-effective fabrication techniques which offer sub-100 nm resolution while providing high throughput and large area patterning. Here we demonstrate the use of UV-Nanoimprint Lithography and Deep Reactive Ion Etching (Bosch and Cryogenic) towards this goal. Robust processes are described for the fabrication of silicon rectangular pillars of high pattern fidelity. To demonstrate the quality of the structures, metasurface lenses, which demonstrate diffraction limited focusing and close to theoretical efficiency for NIR wavelengths λ ∈ (1.3 μm, 1.6 μm), are fabricated. We demonstrate a process which removes the characteristic sidewall surface roughness of the Bosch process, allowing for smooth 90-degree vertical sidewalls. We also demonstrate that the optical performance of the metasurface lenses is not affected adversely in the case of Bosch sidewall surface roughness with 45 nm indentations (or scallops). Next steps of development are defined for achieving full wafer coverage. Full article
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Ultracompact Polarization Splitter–Rotator Based on Shallowly Etched Subwavelength Gratings and Anisotropic Metasurfaces
Nanomaterials 2022, 12(19), 3506; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano12193506 - 07 Oct 2022
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Polarization splitter–rotators (PSRs) are an essential component in on-chip polarization-sensitive and polarization–division multiplexing systems. In this work, we propose an ultracompact and high-performance silicon-based polarization splitter–rotator utilizing anisotropic metasurfaces, which is the first to combine the two, to our knowledge. The tilted periodic [...] Read more.
Polarization splitter–rotators (PSRs) are an essential component in on-chip polarization-sensitive and polarization–division multiplexing systems. In this work, we propose an ultracompact and high-performance silicon-based polarization splitter–rotator utilizing anisotropic metasurfaces, which is the first to combine the two, to our knowledge. The tilted periodic metasurface structure has different modulation effects on different polarized light fields, such as the transverse–electric (TE) mode and the transverse–magnetic (TM) mode, which are beneficial for designing polarization management devices. According to the results, the entire length of the silicon PSR was ~13.5 μm. The TE-to-TM conversion loss and polarization conversion ratio ere −0.154 dB and 96.5% at 1.55 μm, respectively. In the meanwhile, the cross talk and reflection loss were −27.0 dB and −37.3 dB, when the fundamental TE mode was input. The insertion loss and cross talk were −0.19 dB and −25.01 dB at the central wavelength when the fundamental TM mode was input. In addition, the bandwidth reached up to ~112 nm with polarization conversion loss and insertion loss higher than −0.46 dB and −0.36 dB. The simulations also show that the designed devices had good fabrication tolerance. Full article
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Bandpass Filter Integrated Metalens Based on Electromagnetically Induced Transparency
Nanomaterials 2022, 12(13), 2282; https://doi.org/10.3390/nano12132282 - 02 Jul 2022
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A bandpass filter integrated metalens based on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) for long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) imaging is designed in this paper. The bandwidth of the metalens, which is a diffractive optical element, decreases significantly with the increase of the aperture size to a [...] Read more.
A bandpass filter integrated metalens based on electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) for long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) imaging is designed in this paper. The bandwidth of the metalens, which is a diffractive optical element, decreases significantly with the increase of the aperture size to a fixed f-number, which leads to the decline of imaging performance. The same material composition and preparation process of the metalens and the EIT metasurface in the long-wavelength infrared make it feasible that the abilities of focusing imaging and filtering are integrated into a metasurface device. With the purpose of validating the feasibility of this design method, we have designed a 300-μm-diameter integrated metalens whose f-number is 0.8 and the simulation was carried out. The introduction of EIT metasurface does not affect the focusing near the diffraction limit at the target wavelength, and greatly reduces the influence of stray light caused by non-target wavelength incident light. This bandpass filter integrated metalens design method may have a great potential in the field of LWIR compact optical systems. Full article
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