Journal article

Nanostructured Holograms for Broadband Manipulation of Vector Beams

Jiao Lin, Patrice Genevet, Mikhail A Kats, Nicholas Antoniou, Federico Capasso



We report a new type of holographic interface, which is able to manipulate the three fundamental properties of light (phase, amplitude, and polarization) over a broad wavelength range. The design strategy relies on replacing the large openings of conventional holograms by arrays of subwavelength apertures, oriented to locally select a particular state of polarization. The resulting optical element can therefore be viewed as the superposition of two independent structures with very different length scales, that is, a hologram with each of its apertures filled with nanoscale openings to only transmit a desired state of polarization. As an implementation, we fabricated a nanostructured holograp..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research

Awarded by NSF

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Y. Yao, J.P.B. Mueller, and R. Blanchard for discussions. This research is supported in part by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grant number FA9550-12-1-0289. M.A.K. is supported by the National Science Foundation through a Graduate Research Fellowship. J.L. also acknowledges the support from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. Fabrication of the devices was carried out at the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University, a member of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN), which is supported by the NSF (under award no. ECS-0335765).