Electrically thick Fabry-Perot omega bianisotropic metasurfaces as virtual antireflective coatings and nonlocal field transformers

Sherman W. Marcus, Ariel Epstein

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Omega bianisotropic metasurfaces (OBMS) provide wave-control capabilities not previously available with Huygens' metasurfaces (HMS). These enhanced capabilities derive from the additional degree of freedom provided by OBMS, and are based on analyses of zero-thickness surfaces with abstract surface impedance properties. However, the design of practical metasurfaces has proven tedious. Herein we propose an easily designed structure to realize OBMSs. Extending our previous work, we show that an asymmetrical cascade of two judiciously engineered Fabry-Perot (FP) etalons could form an OBMS meta-atom to provide desired wave control capabilities. Implementing this FP-OBMS for anomalous refraction, we show that bianisotropy effectively produces a virtual antireflective coating over a HMS, leading to the OBMS efficiency enhancement. This intriguing observation, backed by an approximate closed-form solution, provides an original physical interpretation of the mechanism underlying perfect anomalous refraction, and is used to explain differences in the angular response of OBMS in comparison to HMS. Implementing the FP-OBMS for the more intricate functionality of beam splitting, we show that the FP-OBMS are capable of nonlocal excitation of surface waves required for this functionality, despite being electrically thick. These results, verified via full-wave computations, demonstrate the ability of the proposed physical structure to meticulously reproduce the scattering properties of ideal (abstract) zero-thickness OBMS, thereby paving the path to practical realization of wave transmission with exotic functionalities, some of which have never before been associated with a physical structure.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075144
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number7
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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