IEEE Photonics Society

Boston Photonics Society Chapter

Boston Chapter of the IEEE Photonics Society

Emerging Optical Materials Workshop PDF

Wednesday, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2017, 7:00–9:30 PM
Located at MIT Lincoln Laboratory – 3 Forbes Road, Lexington, MA 02420, USA

May 3, 2017
7 PM

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Metaoptics: High-performance Planar Photonic Components beyond Refractive and Diffractive Optics Slides

Prof. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Prof. Federico Capasso, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Abstract:  The design of fundamental optical components such as lenses, gratings, and holograms has remained essentially unchanged for at least fifty years, relying on textbook refractive and diffractive optics. Subwavelength structured surfaces known as metasurfaces are leading to a fundamental reassessment of such designs with the emergence of optical components that circumvent the limitations of standard ones and with entirely new functionalities such as the ability to shape wavefronts in unprecedented ways. Our formulation of the generalized laws of reflection and refraction for metasurfaces has led us recently to demonstrate ultrathin visible and near-IR dielectric metalenses with diffraction limited focusing that can correct monochromatic and chromatic aberrations without using composite lenses.  Using a novel Titanium Oxide atomic layer deposition process along with designs based on the Berry phase we have fabricated high numerical aperture lenses in the red, green and blue which outperform state-of-the art objectives as well as new lenses for chiral imaging. I will also discuss axicons with wavelength independent focusing, broadband high efficiency holograms in the visible and spin-to-orbital angular momemtum converters which create complex multicharged helical beams, outperforming liquid-crystal q-plates, with potential for applications in quantum optics and other fields. I will conclude by presenting a new approach to polarimetry based on scattering from a single metasurface that has allowed us to measure the Stokes parameters of a light beam, matching the performance of existing state-of-the-art bulky polarimiters.


Biography:  Operating at the interface between applied and basic solid-state science, Dr. Federico Capasso has long been recognized by his colleagues as a trailblazer in the fields of semiconductors and lasers. At Bell Labs in Murray Hill, New Jersey, Dr. Capasso pioneered the design of artificially structured materials and devices using semiconductor heterostructures.

This approach, known as band-structure or bandgap engineering, allows devices to be tailored to specific applications, opening up research directions and commercial possibilities in photonics, electronics and nanotechnology. His seminal work on the quantum cascade (QC) laser has similarly revolutionized infrared science and technology by giving access to the midinfrared spectrum. QC lasers have found wide-ranging applications in chemical sensing, medical diagnostics, spectroscopy and trace gas analysis. Dr. Capasso's many other contributions include multilayer low-noise avalanche photodiodes, the solid-state photomultiplier and seminal mid-eighties work with quantum electron devices that revived interest in multilevel logic and coding.

Dr. Capasso launched his 26-year career at Bell Labs in 1977 as a member of the technical staff. He was vice president of physical research from 2000 to 2003, when he left to become the Robert L. Wallace Professor of Applied Physics at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A Fellow of the IEEE, the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics, American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Optical Society of America (OSA), Dr. Capasso is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. His honors include the IEEE David Sarnoff Award and OSA's R. Wood Prize. He has published more than 300 papers and holds over 40 U.S. patents.

Dr. Capasso won the 2004 IEEE Edison Medal "For a career of highly creative and influential contributions to heterostructure devices and materials."


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For more information on the technical content of the workshop, contact either:
1) Keisuke Kojima, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
2) Farhad Hakimi, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
3) Bill Nelson, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
4) Dean Tsang, (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
5) Jade Wang (, Emerging Optical Materials Workshop Co-Chair
6) Ajay Garg, (, Boston Photonics Society Chair