Analog computing using reflective plasmonic metasurfaces

Nano Lett. 2015 Jan 14;15(1):791-7. doi: 10.1021/nl5047297. Epub 2014 Dec 22.


Motivated by the recent renewed interest in compact analog computing using light and metasurfaces ( Silva, A. et al. Science 2014 , 343, 160 - 163), we suggest a practical approach to its realization that involves reflective metasurfaces consisting of arrayed gold nanobricks atop a subwavelength-thin dielectric spacer and optically thick gold film, a configuration that supports gap-surface plasmon resonances. Using well-established numerical routines, we demonstrate that these metasurfaces enable independent control of the light phase and amplitude, and design differentiator and integrator metasurfaces featuring realistic system parameters. Proof-of-principle experiments are reported along with the successful realization of a high-quality poor-man's integrator metasurface operating at the wavelength of 800 nm.

Keywords: Metasurfaces; analog computing; gap surface plasmons; metamaterials; plasmonics.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't