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Wavelength-scale light concentrator made by direct 3D laser writing of polymer metamaterials

Abstract : We report on the realization of functional infrared light concentrators based on a thick layer of air-polymer metamaterial with controlled pore size gradients. The design features an optimum gradient index profile leading to light focusing in the Fresnel zone of the structures for two selected operating wavelength domains near 5.6 and 10.4 μm. The metamaterial which consists in a thick polymer containing air holes with diameters ranging from λ/20 to λ/8 is made using a 3D lithography technique based on the two-photon polymerization of a homemade photopolymer. Infrared imaging of the structures reveals a tight focusing for both structures with a maximum local intensity increase by a factor of 2.5 for a concentrator volume of 1.5 λ3, slightly limited by the residual absorption of the selected polymer. Such porous and flat metamaterial structures offer interesting perspectives to increase infrared detector performance at the pixel level for imaging or sensing applications.
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Johnny Moughames, Safi Jradi, T. Chan, S. Akil, Y. Battie, et al.. Wavelength-scale light concentrator made by direct 3D laser writing of polymer metamaterials. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2016, 6 (1), ⟨10.1038/srep33627⟩. ⟨hal-02473116⟩

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