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Flexible focusing pattern realization of centimeter-scale planar super-oscillatory lenses in parallel fabrication

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Planar super-oscillatory lenses (SOLs) can exert far-field foci beyond the diffraction limit free from the contribution of evanescent waves. However, the reported design methods of SOLs are always complicated and divergent, leading to a poor control over the desired focusing patterns. Furthermore, the existing device sizes of SOLs are mainly within hundreds of micrometers accompanied by a subwavelength-scale feature size. Here, we propose a general optimization design model for realizing flexible focusing patterns, e.g. multifocal and achromatic contours. Additionally, a novel design called the chromatic-customized SOL fighting against the dispersion rule of traditional diffractive optical elements (DOEs) is also demonstrated based on the proposed flexible algorithm. The diameters for all the SOLs reach 12 mm with 30 μm minimum feature size, which can be easily fabricated by employing the conventional optical lithography technique. Such centimeter-scale, light weight and low-cost lenses reveal new capacities of arbitrarily customized optical patterns in various interdisciplinary fields including parallel particle trapping, full-color high-resolution imaging, and compact spectral imaging.

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The article was received on 01 Oct 2018, accepted on 19 Nov 2018 and first published on 11 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07985D
Citation: Nanoscale, 2019,11, 311-320
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    Flexible focusing pattern realization of centimeter-scale planar super-oscillatory lenses in parallel fabrication

    W. Li, Y. Yu and W. Yuan, Nanoscale, 2019, 11, 311
    DOI: 10.1039/C8NR07985D

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