Thermally switchable, bifunctional, scalable, mid-infrared metasurfaces with VO2 grids capable of versatile polarization manipulation and asymmetric transmission

Andriy E. Serebryannikov, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Ekmel Ozbay

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Abstract

We conceptualized three-array scalable bifunctional metasurfaces comprising only three thin strip grids and numerically determined their characteristics in the mid-infrared spectral regime for switchable operation scenarios involving polarization manipulation and related diodelike asymmetric transmission (AT) as one of two functionalities. A few or all of the grids were taken to be made of VO2, a bifunctionality-enabling phase-change material; there are no layers and/or meta-atoms comprising simultaneously both metal and VO2. For each proposed metasurface, two effective structures and, therefore, two different functionalities exist, corresponding to the metallic and insulating phases of VO2. The achieved scenarios of functionality switching significantly depend on the way in which VO2 is incorporated into the metasurface. Switchable bands of polarization manipulation are up to 40 THz wide. The AT band can be modulated when Fabry-Perot (anti-) resonances come into play. Besides, transmission regimes with the cross-polarized component insensitive to VO2 phase change are possible, as well as the ones with all co- and cross-polarized components having the same magnitude for both linear polarizations of the incident wave.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4594-4605
Number of pages12
JournalOptical Materials Express
Volume12
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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