Diffractive nanoslit lenses for subwavelength focusing

Satoshi Ishii, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University
Vladimir P. Drachev, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University
Alexander V. Kildishev, Birck Nanotechnology Center, Purdue University

Date of this Version



Optics Communications Volume 285, Issue 16, 15 July 2012, Pages 3368–3372


Creating a subwavelength focus spot from nanoslits becomes possible when diffraction occurs inside strongly anisotropic materials with hyperbolic dispersion. In this work, we study diffraction from nanoslits and numerically show that the interference patterns could be smaller than lambda/10. The designs studied in this work are feasible with current nanofabrication techniques. We also review our recent work on metal nanoslit lenses, which behave as conventional convex or concave dielectric lenses depending on the linear polarization of incident light. (c) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Nanoscience and Nanotechnology