Novel Material Platforms and Transdimensional Lattices for Metaphotonic Devices

DIPC Seminars

Viktoriia Babicheva, University of Arizona, United States
Donostia International Physics Center
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Novel Material Platforms and Transdimensional Lattices for Metaphotonic Devices Optical metamaterials are three-dimensional structures with rationally designed building blocks that enable devices with distinct optical responses not attainable with naturally available materials. Comprising a class of metamaterials with reduced dimensionality, optical metasurfaces allow the miniaturization of conventional refractive optics into planar structures, and a novel planar technology is expected to provide enhanced functionality for photonic devices being distinctly different from those observed in the three- dimensional case. Transdimensional photonics has emerged as a new field of science and engineering that explores the optical properties of materials and nanostructures in the translational regime between two and three dimensions. In this talk, I will show that nanostructures made of high-index materials, such as silicon, transition metal dichalcogenides, or hexagonal boron nitride, support optically induced both electric and magnetic resonances in the visible and infrared spectral ranges [1,2]. I will present the results on antireflective properties of metasurfaces based on high-index nanoparticle arrays and explain how zero backward scattering from the highly reflective substrate can be achieved. The recent discovery of high-index materials that offer low loss and tunability in their optical properties as well as complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) compatibility can enable a breakthrough in the field of nanophotonics, optical metamaterials, and their applications. [1] V.E. Babicheva and A.B. Evlyukhin, "Resonant Lattice Kerker Effect in Metasurfaces with Electric and Magnetic Optical Responses," Laser & Photonics Reviews 11, 1700132 (2017). [2] V.E. Babicheva and J.V. Moloney, "Lattice Zenneck modes on subwavelength antennas," Laser & Photonics Reviews 12, 1800267 (2019). Host: Alexey Nikitin