Design for quality: Reconfigurable flat optics based on active metasurfaces

Mikhail Y. Shalaginov, Sawyer D. Campbell, Sensong An, Yifei Zhang, Carlos Ríos, Eric B. Whiting, Yuhao Wu, Lei Kang, Bowen Zheng, Clayton Fowler, Hualiang Zhang, Douglas H. Werner, Juejun Hu, Tian Gu

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Optical metasurfaces, planar subwavelength nanoantenna arrays with the singular ability to sculpt wavefront in almost arbitrary manners, are poised to become a powerful tool enabling compact and high-performance optics with novel functionalities. A particularly intriguing research direction within this field is active metasurfaces, whose optical response can be dynamically tuned postfabrication, thus allowing a plurality of applications unattainable with traditional bulk optics. Designing reconfigurable optics based on active metasurfaces is, however, presented with a unique challenge, since the optical quality of the devices must be optimized at multiple optical states. In this article, we provide a critical review on the active meta-optics design principles and algorithms that are applied across structural hierarchies ranging from single meta-atoms to full meta-optical devices. The discussed approaches are illustrated by specific examples of reconfigurable metasurfaces based on optical phase-change materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3505-3534
Number of pages30
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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