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Resonant metasurfaces at oblique incidence: Interplay of order and disorder

: Albooyeh, M.; Kruk, S.; Menzel, C.; Helgert, C.; Kroll, M.; Krysinski, A.; Decker, M.; Neshev, D.N.; Pertsch, Thomas; Etrich, C.; Rockstuhl, C.; Tretyakov, S.A.; Simovski, C.R.; Kivshar, Y.S.

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Scientific Reports 4 (2014), No.3, Art. 4484, 7 pp.
ISSN: 2045-2322
Journal Article, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IOF ()

Understanding the impact of order and disorder is of fundamental importance to perceive and to appreciate the functionality of modern photonic metasurfaces. Metasurfaces with disordered and amorphous inner arrangements promise to mitigate problems that arise for their counterparts with strictly periodic lattices of elementary unit cells such as, e.g., spatial dispersion, and allows the use of fabrication techniques that are suitable for large scale and cheap fabrication of metasurfaces. In this study, we analytically, numerically and experimentally investigate metasurfaces with different lattice arrangements and uncover the influence of lattice disorder on their electromagnetic properties. The considered metasurfaces are composed of metal-dielectric-metal elements that sustain both electric and magnetic resonances. Emphasis is placed on understanding the effect of the transition of the lattice symmetry from a periodic to an amorphous state and on studying oblique illumination. For this scenario, we develop a powerful analytical model that yields, for the first time, an adequate description of the scattering properties of amorphous metasurfaces, paving the way for their integration into future applications.