Biologically inspired achromatic waveplates for visible light

Yi Jun Jen, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Ching Wei Yu, Chia Feng Lin, Meng Jie Lin, Shih Hao Wang, Jyun Rong Lai

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Waveplates are planar devices used in optics and optoelectronics to change the polarization state of light. Made of anisotropic dielectric materials such as crystals and thin films, waveplates are not known to exhibit achromatic performance over the visible regime. Inspired by the microvillar structure of R8 cells functioning as polarization converters in the eyes of stomatopod crustaceans, we conceived, designed, fabricated and tested periodically multilayered structures comprising two different types of arrays of nanorods. Morphologically analogous to the ocular cells, here we show that the periodically multilayered structures can function as achromatic waveplates over the visible regime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number363
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 29 2011


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Jen, Y. J., Lakhtakia, A., Yu, C. W., Lin, C. F., Lin, M. J., Wang, S. H., & Lai, J. R. (2011). Biologically inspired achromatic waveplates for visible light. Nature communications, 2(1), [363].