Looking at optical Fano resonances under a new light

Phys.org  March 19, 2021
Fano resonances are conventionally understood as sharp spectral features that can be excited only by plane waves with specific frequencies and incident angles. Researchers at the City University of New York proved that they can be tailored to resonate only when excited by a frequency, polarization, and wavefront of choice. This generalization reveals that Fano systems are characterized by eigenwaves that scatter to their time-reversed image upon reflection. They showed that the selected wavefront is locally retroreflected everywhere across the device. These results show that conventional Fano resonances are a subset of a broader dichroic phenomenon with spin, spatial, and spectral selectivity. Enhanced light–matter interactions and symmetry-protection make these phenomena uniquely suited for enriching applications in quantum optics, non-linear optics, augmented reality, and secure optical communications, laying the groundwork for a range of novel compact optical sources and devices…read more. Open Access TECHNICAL ARTICLE

Spin, spectral, and spatial selectivity in Fano metasurfaces. Credit: SPIE

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