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    ABSTRACT: Development of a 2D metamaterial that preferentially emits broadband circularly-polarized (CP) infrared radiation is hindered by the fact that orthogonal electric-field components are uncorrelated at the surface of the thermal emitter, a consequence of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem. We achieve broadband CP thermal emission by fabricating a meanderline quarter-wave retarder on a transparent thermal-isolation layer. Behind this isolation layer, in thermal contact with the emitter, is a wire-grid polarizer. Along with an unavoidable linear polarized radiation characteristic from the meanderline, we measured a degree of circular polarization (DOCP) of 28%, averaged over the 8- to 12 μm band.
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    ABSTRACT: We present a detailed theoretical analysis which reveals a useful insight to understand the resonant dissipative behavior of 3D woodpile metallic photonic crystals in the spectral response. We observe that a small amount of structural parameter modifications can induce great flexibility to alter the properties of the absorption resonance with even an extremely narrow band width of ~13 nm. Analyzing the dispersive properties of the 3D woodpile metallic photonic crystals and performing thorough numerical simulations for the finite number of layers we found that the magnitude, band width, and tunability of enhanced absorption can be easily optimized, which can be of significance to design an efficient photonic crystal thermal emitter.
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    ABSTRACT: A unique recipe of achieving compound spiral photonic crystals (CSPCs) in three dimensions by holography is proposed, which is composed of unit cells with double right- handed (RH) spirals of π phase shift. Interferences between side beams in the umbrella-type configurations are employed to generate CSPCs. Chirality is pronounced, and paradoxical high RH transmission peaks appear exactly in the RH polarization gap. Fano resonances, which stems from the mode interferences between left-handed propagating modes along spiral axis (direct pathway) and negative group velocity modes in the extended Brillouin zone (resonance-assisted indirect pathway), is revealed and discussed. By analyzing Fourier spectra and chirality of the photonic eigenmodes, intrinsic mechanism of such a paradox is well understood by the mode coupling theory.
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