Frontiers of Physics in China

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 291–307 | Cite as

Manipulate light polarizations with metamaterials: From microwave to visible

  • Jia-ming Hao (郝加明)
  • Min Qiu (仇旻)
  • Lei Zhou (周磊)Email author
Review Article


Polarization is an important characteristic of electromagnetic (EM) waves, and efficient manipulations over EM wave polarizations are always desirable in practical applications. Here, we review the recent efforts in controlling light polarizations with metamaterials, at frequencies ranged from microwave to visible. We first presented a 4 × 4 version transfer matrix method (TMM) to study the scatterings by an anisotropic metamaterial of EM waves with arbitrary propagating directions and polarizations. With the 4 × 4 TMM, we discovered several amazing polarization manipulation phenomena based on the reflection geometry and proposed corresponding model metamaterial systems to realize such effects. Metamaterial samples were fabricated with the help of finite-difference-time-domain (FDTD) simulations, and experiments were performed to successfully realize these ideas at both microwave and visible frequencies. Efforts in employing metamaterials to manipulate light polarizations based on the transmission geometry are also reviewed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jia-ming Hao (郝加明)
    • 1
    • 2
  • Min Qiu (仇旻)
    • 2
  • Lei Zhou (周磊)
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Surface Physics Laboratory (State Key Laboratory) and Physics DepartmentFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Laboratory of Photonics and Microwave Engineering, School of Information and Communication TechnologyRoyal Institute of Technology (KTH)KistaSweden

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