Integrated Metasurfaces – Future Micro-Optical Platform

Artificial materials that are skilled at influencing perception are called metasurfaces. Metasurfaces are attracting much interest as optical components that enable the miniaturization of optical systems for the next generation of virtual and augmented reality and LiDAR. They enable lenses to be shrunk to one 10,000th the size of normal lenses. Countries may gain a considerable technological advantage in nano-optics if metasurfaces are successful commercially, overcoming the difficulties of complicated manufacturing processes and high production costs. A team has published a paper summarizing the current research on integrated metasurfaces, i.e., metasurface-based, near-future micro-optical platforms.

The comprehensive manipulation of light’s properties has historically been the focus of metasurface research, leading to various optical devices, including metalenses, meta holograms, and beam diffraction devices. However, current research has emphasized integrating metasurfaces with other optical parts.

In their publication, the research team suggests a study of applications for integrated metasurfaces. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and liquid crystal displays (LCDs) are only two examples of the basic optical components used with these integrated metasurfaces. The study team recommended that future research in this area should concentrate on including metasurfaces in frequently used technologies, making them useful in daily life, to commercialize metasurfaces. Integrated metasurfaces are an additional cutting-edge option for various applications and complement current electronic technology.

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