Photonics Research, 2023, 11 (9): 1542, Published Online: Aug. 28, 2023  

Amplitude gradient-based metasurfaces for off-chip terahertz wavefront shaping

Author Affiliations
1 Department of Automation, Beijing National Research Center for Information Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
2 School of Electronics and Computer Science, University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK
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Metasurfaces provide an effective technology platform for manipulating electromagnetic waves, and the existing design methods all highlight the importance of creating a gradient in the output phase across light scattering units. However, in the emerging research subfield of meta-waveguides where a metasurface is driven by guided modes, this phase gradient-oriented approach can only provide a very limited emission aperture, significantly affecting the application potential of such meta-waveguides. In this work, we propose a new design approach that exploits the difference between meta-atoms in their light scattering amplitude. By balancing this amplitude gradient in the meta-atoms against the intensity decay in the energy-feeding waveguide, a large effective aperture can be obtained. Based on this new design approach, three different wavefront shaping functionalities are numerically demonstrated here on multiple devices in the terahertz regime. They include beam expanders that radiate a plane wave, where the beam width can increase by more than 900 times as compared to the guided wave. They also include a metalens that generates a Bessel-beam focus with a width 0.59 times the wavelength, and vortex beam generators that emit light with a tunable topological charge that can reach -30. This amplitude gradient design approach could benefit a variety of off-chip light shaping applications such as remote sensing and 6G wireless communications.

Wen Lyu, Jianzhi Huang, Shengqi Yin, Xukang Wang, Jiaming Liu, Xu Fang, Hua Geng. Amplitude gradient-based metasurfaces for off-chip terahertz wavefront shaping[J]. Photonics Research, 2023, 11(9): 1542.

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