Multipole analysis of dielectric metasurfaces composed of nonspherical nanoparticles and lattice invisibility effect

Pavel D. Terekhov, Viktoriia E. Babicheva, Kseniia V. Baryshnikova, Alexander S. Shalin, Alina Karabchevsky, Andrey B. Evlyukhin

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An effective semianalytical method for analyzing the Cartesian multipole contributions in light transmission and reflection spectra of flat metasurfaces composed of identical nanoparticles is developed and demonstrated. The method combines numerical calculation of metasurface reflection and transmission coefficients with their multipole decompositions. The developed method is applied for the multipole analysis of reflection and transmission spectra of metasurfaces composed of silicon nanocubes or nanocones. In the case of nanocubes, we numerically demonstrate a "lattice invisibility effect," when light goes through the metasurface almost without amplitude and phase perturbations with the simultaneous excitation of nanoparticles' multipole moments. The effect is realized due to destructive interference between the fields generated by the basic multipole moments of nanoparticles in the backward and forward directions. For metasurfaces composed of conical nanoparticles, we show that their transmission coefficient does not depend on illumination direction. In contrast, the reflection and absorption can be different for the illumination from different metasurface sides, which is associated with the excitation of different multipoles. We believe our results could be useful for analysis and understanding of the electromagnetic properties of nanoparticle arrays and pave the way for the design of novel metasurfaces for various optical applications.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number045424
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number4
StatePublished - 17 Jan 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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