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New Frontiers in Nanophotonics: Integrating Complex Beams and Active Metasurface Devices

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Project "iCOMM" data sheet

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Organization address
address: STRAND
city: LONDON
postcode: WC2R 2LS

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 2˙737˙327 €
 EC max contribution 2˙737˙327 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-09-01   to  2023-08-31


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1    KING'S COLLEGE LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 2˙737˙327.00


 Project objective

Complex, structured optical beams have unique properties offering new degrees of freedom for achieving unusual wavefront, polarisation and optical angular momentum demanded in microscopy, optical trapping and manipulation of nano-objects, information encoding in optical communications, holography, quantum technologies and laser micromachining. Metasurfaces, a subwavelength-thin nanostructured films, which were initially developed for controlling the phase of light and its reflection and transmission beyond the Snell’s law, provide a rich playground for generation and manipulation of structured beams. iCOMM will establish a metasurface platform for generating and controlling complex vector beams in space and time and develop its applications in sensing and identification of chiral molecules and nonlinear optical trapping. Using unique optical properties of designer-metasurfaces capable of controlling both phase and amplitude of light, nonlinear interactions of pulsed vector beams will be optimised and explored. We will aim to develop a series of active metamaterial chips for nonlinear control of CVBs, linear and nonlinear sensing of chiral molecules and optical trapping applications, opening new application areas in information processing and biochemical technologies. This will be a transformative development for the applications of complex vector beams and metasurfaces in optical communications, displays, security and bio- and chemical sensing and optical trapping. The success of the project will unlock the potential of metasurfaces in providing tuneability for the improvement of the real-world photonic devices and provide insight into physical phenomena which are vital for various areas of photonics and sensing, demonstrating commercially-viable application of metasurfaces and complex beams. It will transform the areas of both complex beams and metasurfaces by introducing real-time active control and consolidate and enhance the European leadership in this field.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Yuquan Zhang, Junfeng Shen, Changjun Min, Yunfeng Jin, Yuqiang Jiang, Jun Liu, Siwei Zhu, Yunlong Sheng, Anatoly V. Zayats, Xiaocong Yuan
Nonlinearity-Induced Multiplexed Optical Trapping and Manipulation with Femtosecond Vector Beams
published pages: 5538-5543, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b01929
Nano Letters 18/9 2020-04-15
2018 Alexander E. Minovich, Anatoly V. Zayats
Geometric-Phase Metasurfaces Based on Anisotropic Reflection: Generalized Design Rules
published pages: 1755-1761, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b01363
ACS Photonics 5/5 2020-04-15
2019 Luping Du, Aiping Yang, Anatoly V. Zayats, Xiaocong Yuan
Deep-subwavelength features of photonic skyrmions in a confined electromagnetic field with orbital angular momentum
published pages: 650-654, ISSN: 1745-2473, DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0487-7
Nature Physics 15/7 2020-04-15
2018 Alexey V. Krasavin, Paulina Segovia, Rostyslav Dubrovka, Nicolas Olivier, Gregory A. Wurtz, Pavel Ginzburg, Anatoly V. Zayats
Generalization of the optical theorem: experimental proof for radially polarized beams
published pages: , ISSN: 2047-7538, DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0025-x
Light: Science & Applications 7/1 2020-04-15
2019 Jack J. Kingsley-Smith, Michela F. Picardi, Lei Wei, Anatoly V. Zayats, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Fortuño
Optical forces from near-field directionalities in planar structures
published pages: , ISSN: 2469-9950, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.99.235410
Physical Review B 99/23 2020-04-15
2019 Luke H. Nicholls, Tomasz Stefaniuk, Mazhar E. Nasir, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, Gregory A. Wurtz, Anatoly V. Zayats
Designer photonic dynamics by using non-uniform electron temperature distribution for on-demand all-optical switching times
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-10840-7
Nature Communications 10/1 2020-04-15
2019 Michela F. Picardi, Anatoly V. Zayats, Francisco J. Rodríguez‐Fortuño
Amplitude and Phase Control of Guided Modes Excitation from a Single Dipole Source: Engineering Far‐ and Near‐Field Directionality
published pages: 1900250, ISSN: 1863-8880, DOI: 10.1002/lpor.201900250
Laser & Photonics Reviews 13/12 2020-04-15
2019 Michela F. Picardi, Martin Neugebauer, Jörg S. Eismann, Gerd Leuchs, Peter Banzer, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Fortuño, Anatoly V. Zayats
Experimental demonstration of linear and spinning Janus dipoles for polarisation- and wavelength-selective near-field coupling
published pages: , ISSN: 2047-7538, DOI: 10.1038/s41377-019-0162-x
Light: Science & Applications 8/1 2020-04-15
2019 Giuseppe Marino, Alexander S. Solntsev, Lei Xu, Valerio F. Gili, Luca Carletti, Alexander N. Poddubny, Mohsen Rahmani, Daria A. Smirnova, Haitao Chen, Aristide Lemaître, Guoquan Zhang, Anatoly V. Zayats, Costantino De Angelis, Giuseppe Leo, Andrey A. Sukhorukov, Dragomir N. Neshev
Spontaneous photon-pair generation from a dielectric nanoantenna
published pages: 1416, ISSN: 2334-2536, DOI: 10.1364/OPTICA.6.001416
Optica 6/11 2020-04-15

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