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Chiral mirrors

Chiral mirrors
Chiral mirrors
Mirrors are used in telescopes, microscopes, photo cameras, lasers, satellite dishes, and everywhere else, where redirection of electromagnetic radiation is required making them arguably the most important optical component. While conventional isotropic mirrors will reflect linear polarizations without change, the handedness of circularly polarized waves is reversed upon reflection. Here, we demonstrate a type of mirror reflecting one circular polarization without changing its handedness, while absorbing the other. The polarization-preserving mirror consists of a planar metasurface with a subwavelength pattern that cannot be superimposed with its mirror image without being lifted out of its plane, and a conventional mirror spaced by a fraction of the wavelength from the metasurface. Such mirrors enable circularly polarized lasers and Fabry-Pérot cavities with enhanced tunability, gyroscopic applications, polarization-sensitive detectors of electromagnetic waves, and can be used to enhance spectroscopies of chiral media
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221901
Plum, Eric
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Plum, Eric
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Zheludev, N.I.
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Plum, Eric and Zheludev, N.I. (2015) Chiral mirrors. Applied Physics Letters, 106 (22), 221901. (doi:10.1063/1.4921969).

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Abstract

Mirrors are used in telescopes, microscopes, photo cameras, lasers, satellite dishes, and everywhere else, where redirection of electromagnetic radiation is required making them arguably the most important optical component. While conventional isotropic mirrors will reflect linear polarizations without change, the handedness of circularly polarized waves is reversed upon reflection. Here, we demonstrate a type of mirror reflecting one circular polarization without changing its handedness, while absorbing the other. The polarization-preserving mirror consists of a planar metasurface with a subwavelength pattern that cannot be superimposed with its mirror image without being lifted out of its plane, and a conventional mirror spaced by a fraction of the wavelength from the metasurface. Such mirrors enable circularly polarized lasers and Fabry-Pérot cavities with enhanced tunability, gyroscopic applications, polarization-sensitive detectors of electromagnetic waves, and can be used to enhance spectroscopies of chiral media

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Accepted/In Press date: 21 May 2015
Published date: 1 June 2015
Organisations: Optoelectronics Research Centre

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Local EPrints ID: 377672
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/377672
ISSN: 0003-6951
PURE UUID: 2433396a-6393-40b6-b65a-f624e7e808fd
ORCID for Eric Plum: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1552-1840
ORCID for N.I. Zheludev: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1013-6636

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Date deposited: 22 Jun 2015 10:35
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 02:03

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