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Broadband chirality-coded meta-aperture for photon-spin resolving

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, January 2015
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Broadband chirality-coded meta-aperture for photon-spin resolving
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Nature Communications, January 2015
DOI 10.1038/ncomms10051
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Du, Luping, Kou, Shan Shan, Balaur, Eugeniu, Cadusch, Jasper J, Roberts, Ann, Abbey, Brian, Yuan, Xiao-Cong, Tang, Dingyuan, Lin, Jiao, Luping Du, Shan Shan Kou, Eugeniu Balaur, Jasper J. Cadusch, Ann Roberts, Brian Abbey, Xiao-Cong Yuan, Dingyuan Tang, Jiao Lin


The behaviour of light transmitted through an individual subwavelength aperture becomes counterintuitive in the presence of surrounding 'decoration', a phenomenon known as the extraordinary optical transmission. Despite being polarization-sensitive, such an individual nano-aperture, however, often cannot differentiate between the two distinct spin-states of photons because of the loss of photon information on light-aperture interaction. This creates a 'blind-spot' for the aperture with respect to the helicity of chiral light. Here we report the development of a subwavelength aperture embedded with metasurfaces dubbed a 'meta-aperture', which breaks this spin degeneracy. By exploiting the phase-shaping capabilities of metasurfaces, we are able to create specific meta-apertures in which the pair of circularly polarized light spin-states produces opposite transmission spectra over a broad spectral range. The concept incorporating metasurfaces with nano-apertures provides a venue for exploring new physics on spin-aperture interaction and potentially has a broad range of applications in spin-optoelectronics and chiral sensing.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 2 5%
India 1 2%
Unknown 41 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 18 41%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 23%
Student > Master 7 16%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 9%
Student > Postgraduate 2 5%
Other 4 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Physics and Astronomy 21 48%
Engineering 14 32%
Philosophy 1 2%
Psychology 1 2%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 2%
Other 5 11%
Unknown 1 2%

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