Gradient index (GRIN) lenses embody a powerful technology that enables control of electromagnetic wave propagation over wide frequency bands. However, GRIN lenses that achieve multifunctional (i.e., dual broadband) performance have not been realized mainly due to the limitations of conventional techniques such as Transformation Optics (TO). This paper proposes a multi-objective inverse-design approach for the optimization of multi-band GRIN lenses with highly constrained aperture sizes. A candidate lens design is fabricated from a ceramic material using a new additive manufacturing approach allowing for spatially-varying permittivities between 2–6.5 to be achieved at sub-cm resolution. Measured results validate the candidate functionalized ceramic GRIN lens's simulated multi-band performance and demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed inverse-design procedure.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Advanced Optical Materials|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2023|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics