Complex wavefront engineering with disorder-engineered metasurfaces

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Recently, complex wavefront engineering with disordered media has demonstrated optical manipulation capabilities beyond those of conventional optics. These capabilities include extended volume, aberration-free focusing and subwavelength focusing via evanescent mode coupling. 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 that its exact characteristics are known, resulting in an a priori determined transmission matrix that can be utilized with only a few alignment steps. We implement this concept with a disorder-engineered metasurface, which exhibits additional unique features for complex wavefront engineering such as an unprecedented optical memory effect range, excellent stability, and a tailorable angular scattering profile.
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META 2017

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