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Practical Meta-Surface Design for Polarization Optics

Hosted By: Polarization Management and Propagation Technical Group

22 February 2022 11:00 - 12:00

Eastern Time (US & Canada) (UTC - 05:00)

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The advent of meta-surfaces has created a new toolbox of nano-structures to manipulate light in seemingly endless ways. This has opened up a range of previously impossible components such as engineered dispersion and miniaturized systems. In the field of polarization, control and manipulating meta-surfaces create compact multi-functional components.

This webinar hosted by the Polarization Management and Propagation Technical Group will teach practical methods to design polarization meta-surfaces. Lieven Penninck from PlanOpSim NV will introduce the fundamental concepts and limitations using different nano-structures. The main concepts of structural birefringence and optical antennae will be introduced. Afterward, these principles are applied step-by-step to design practical components. We design examples of different meta-surfaces: an flat ultra-wide-angle polarization splitter, a polarization selective hologram, and a simultaneous beam splitting and focusing component. The design process is outlined step-by-step using the PlanOpSim software.

What You Will Learn:

  • Design approach for polarization manipulation using meta-surfaces
  • Practical tutorial on meta-surface design

Who Should Attend:

  • Researchers, engineers and students of polarization and/or nanophotonics
  • System designers looking to explore the possibilities of metasurfaces

About the Presenter: Lieven Penninck, PlanOpSim NV

Lieven Penninck is an expert on optical modelling methods focusing on meta-surfaces and nano-photonics. In 2019 he founded PlanOpSim to develop and offer numerical simulation software for the design of metasurfaces, metalenses, and planar optics. Aside from software development, PlanOpSim also provides optical design services to the photonics and optics industry. He holds a PhD in Photonics Engineering on development of simulation methods for OLED and liquid crystal devices. Outside of academia he worked on LCD display R&D and simulation and measurement of OLEDs and solar cells in various roles.


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