Optical Review

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 63–73

Optical Elements with Subwavelength Structured Surfaces



Various optical elements with subwavelength structured surfaces have been developed. The periods of the subwavelength structures are too short to generate diffracted light waves. But the structures are equivalent to refractive index materials with form birefringence. Many new optical elements are realized using the artificial refractive indices of these subwavelength structures. Some typical elements are described here in the passive element regime, and fabrication methods of the elements are explained.

Key words

subwavelength gratings SWS effective medium theory form birefringence antireflection structure moth-eye polarization elements optical filter 


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© The Optical Society of Japan 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Osaka Science and Technology CenterIzumi, OsakaJapan
  2. 2.Graduated School of EngineeringOsaka Prefecture UniversitySakai, OsakaJapan

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