Subwavelength sorting of full-color based on anti-Hermitian metasurfaces

Seong Jun Kim, Changhyun Lee, Sangtae Jeon, Junghyun Park, Soo Jin Kim

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Splitting the spectrum of incident light at nanoscale has been of great scientific and practical interest due to its potential application in various optical sensors. For many years, researchers have been striving to realize the full-color sorting of light at subwavelength scale, while keeping the loss of incident photons to a minimum. In this article, we present semiconductor-based metasurfaces that facilitate the efficient sorting of full-color by inducing anti-Hermitian coupling between multiple nanoantenna arrays. To achieve this, we first explore how the coherent interactions between maximally crafted nanoantennas in the metasurfaces can be effectively controlled by judiciously positioning them in both lateral and vertical directions, which leads to the switched coupling of light at each target position. Based on the analysis, we demonstrate a metasurface-based absorber that features efficient, spectropolarimetric detections over the entire visible spectrum, ranging from 470 to 630 nm. In addition, the metasurface detects relatively narrow spectral linewidth of 60 nm and shows the sensitivity up to 70%, which surpasses the previous works on subwavelength photon sorting or color filter-based detection system. We envision that our approach provides guidelines for realizing the metasurfaces with enhanced functionalities, that is the increase of spectral channels for detection in a given subwavelength-scaled unit cell.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)967-974
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jan 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research funding: This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (NRF-2019R1A4A1028121, NRF-2019R1C1C1004693).

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (NRF-2019R1A4A1028121, NRF-2019R1C1C1004693).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Seong Jun Kim et al., published by De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 2020.


  • Mie resonance
  • anti-Hermitian coupling
  • metasurface
  • spectrum splitting
  • subwavelength photon sorting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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