Spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion in dielectric metasurfaces


Robert Charles Devlin, Antonio Ambrosio, Daniel Wintz, Stefano Luigi Oscurato, Alexander Yutong Zhu, Mohammadreza Khorasaninejad, Jaewon Oh, Pasqualino Maddalena, and Federico Capasso. 2017. “Spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion in dielectric metasurfaces.” OPTICS EXPRESS, 25, 1, Pp. 377-393.
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Vortex beams are characterized by a helical wavefront and a phase singularity point on the propagation axis that results in a doughnut-like intensity profile. These beams carry orbital angular momentum proportional to the number of intertwined helices constituting the wavefront. Vortex beams have many applications in optics, such as optical trapping, quantum optics and microscopy. Although beams with such characteristics can be generated holographically, spin-to-orbital angular momentum conversion has attracted considerable interest as a tool to create vortex beams. In this process, the geometrical phase is exploited to create helical beams whose handedness is determined by the circular polarization (left/right) of the incident light, that is by its spin. Here we demonstrate high-efficiency Spin-to- Orbital angular momentum-Converters (SOCs) at visible wavelengths based on dielectric metasurfaces. With these SOCs we generate vortex beams with high and fractional topological charge and show for the first time the simultaneous generation of collinear helical beams with different and arbitrary orbital angular momentum. This versatile method of creating vortex beams, which circumvents the limitations of liquid crystal SOCs and adds new functionalities, should significantly expand the applications of these beams. (C) 2017 Optical Society of America
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