Wavefront shaping with disorder-engineered metasurfaces

Mooseok Jang, Yu Horie, Atsushi Shibukawa, Joshua Brake, Yan Liu, Seyedeh Mahsa Kamali, Amir Arbabi, Haowen Ruan, Andrei Faraon, Changhuei Yang

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Recently, wavefront shaping with disordered media has demonstrated optical manipulation capabilities beyond those of conventional optics, including extended volume, aberration-free focusing and subwavelength focusing. However, translating these capabilities to useful applications has remained challenging as the input-output characteristics of the disordered media (P variables) need to be exhaustively determined via O(P) measurements. Here, we propose a paradigm shift where the disorder is specifically designed so its exact input-output characteristics are known a priori and can be used with only a few alignment steps. We implement this concept with a disorder-engineered metasurface, which exhibits additional unique features for wavefront shaping such as a large optical memory effect range in combination with a wide angular scattering range, excellent stability, and a tailorable angular scattering profile. Using this designed metasurface with wavefront shaping, we demonstrate high numerical aperture (NA > 0.5) focusing and fluorescence imaging with an estimated ~2.2 × 108 addressable points in an ~8 mm field of view.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-90
Number of pages7
JournalNature Photonics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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