Complete polarization conversion using anisotropic temporal slabs

Jingwei Xu, Wending Mai, Douglas H. Werner

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It is well known that control over the polarization of electromagnetic waves can be achieved by utilizing artificial anisotropic media such as metamaterials. However, most of the related research has been focused on time-invariant systems. Inspired by the concept of temporal boundaries, we propose a method to realize polarization conversion in real time by employing time-variant materials, whose permittivity or permeability switches between isotropic and anisotropic values. The criteria for complete polarization conversion are studied for several polarization angles, both analytically and numerically.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1373-1376
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 15 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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