Abstract

This paper presents the concept and design of a reflectarray nanoantenna at optical frequencies whose elements are nano-sized concentric spherical particles with the core made of ordinary dielectrics and the shell made of a plasmonic material. Modeling approaches based on finite difference time domain (FDTD) numerical method and dipole-modes scattering theory are used to characterize and tune the reflectarray design. A 6×6 elements reflectarray nanoantenna operating at wavelength 357.1nm with narrow beamwidth is presented, and its scanned radiation characteristics for 15° and 30° are demonstrated.

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    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
  5. J. Li and N. Engheta, “Core-shell nanowire optical antennas fed by slab waveguides,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 55(11), 3018–3026 (2007).
    [Crossref]
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  7. J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
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    [Crossref]
  16. A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, 3rd ed. (Artech House, Norwood, 2005).
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2009 (1)

2008 (1)

H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and Y. A. Imbriale, “RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 56(12), 3689–3699 (2008).
[Crossref]

2007 (3)

J. Li and N. Engheta, “Core-shell nanowire optical antennas fed by slab waveguides,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 55(11), 3018–3026 (2007).
[Crossref]

J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
[Crossref]

H. Mosallaei, “FDTD-PLRC technique for modeling of anisotropic-dispersive media and metamaterial devices,” IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat. 49(3), 649–660 (2007).
[Crossref]

2005 (2)

A. Alù and N. Engheta, “Polarizabilities and effective parameters for collections of spherical nanoparticles formed by pairs of concentric double-negative, single-negative, and/or double-positive metamaterial layers,” J. Appl. Phys. 97(9), 094310 (2005).
[Crossref]

N. Lenin and P. H. Rao, “Evaluation of the reflected phase of a patch using waveguide simulator for reflectarray design,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett. 45(6), 528–531 (2005).
[Crossref]

2001 (1)

J. A. Encinar, “Design of two-layer printed reflectarrays using patches of variable size,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 49(10), 1403–1410 (2001).
[Crossref]

1965 (1)

P. W. Hannan and M. A. Balfour, “Simulation of a phased-array antenna in waveguide,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 13(3), 342–353 (1965).
[Crossref]

1908 (1)

G. Mie, “Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallösungen,” Leipzig Ann. Phys. 330(3), 377–445 (1908).
[Crossref]

Alu, A.

N. Engheta, A. Alu, and A. Salandrino, “Nanocircuit elements, nano-transmission lines and nano-antennas using plasmonic materials in the optical domain,” in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials (2005), pp. 165–168.

Alù, A.

A. Alù and N. Engheta, “Polarizabilities and effective parameters for collections of spherical nanoparticles formed by pairs of concentric double-negative, single-negative, and/or double-positive metamaterial layers,” J. Appl. Phys. 97(9), 094310 (2005).
[Crossref]

Balanis, C. A.

C. A. Balanis, Antenna Theory, 3rd ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New Jersey, 2005).

Balfour, M. A.

P. W. Hannan and M. A. Balfour, “Simulation of a phased-array antenna in waveguide,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 13(3), 342–353 (1965).
[Crossref]

Chew, Weng Cho

Weng Cho Chew, Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media (IEEE Press, 1995).

Encinar, J. A.

J. A. Encinar, “Design of two-layer printed reflectarrays using patches of variable size,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 49(10), 1403–1410 (2001).
[Crossref]

Engheta, N.

J. Li and N. Engheta, “Core-shell nanowire optical antennas fed by slab waveguides,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 55(11), 3018–3026 (2007).
[Crossref]

J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
[Crossref]

A. Alù and N. Engheta, “Polarizabilities and effective parameters for collections of spherical nanoparticles formed by pairs of concentric double-negative, single-negative, and/or double-positive metamaterial layers,” J. Appl. Phys. 97(9), 094310 (2005).
[Crossref]

N. Engheta, A. Alu, and A. Salandrino, “Nanocircuit elements, nano-transmission lines and nano-antennas using plasmonic materials in the optical domain,” in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials (2005), pp. 165–168.

Ghadarghadr, S.

Hagness, S. C.

A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, 3rd ed. (Artech House, Norwood, 2005).

Hannan, P. W.

P. W. Hannan and M. A. Balfour, “Simulation of a phased-array antenna in waveguide,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 13(3), 342–353 (1965).
[Crossref]

Hao, Z.

Hecht, B.

L. Novotny and B. Hecht, Principle of Nano-Optics (Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 2006).

Imbriale, Y. A.

H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and Y. A. Imbriale, “RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 56(12), 3689–3699 (2008).
[Crossref]

Kreibig, U.

U. Kreibig and M. Vollmer, Optical Properties of Metal Clusters (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, 1995).

Lenin, N.

N. Lenin and P. H. Rao, “Evaluation of the reflected phase of a patch using waveguide simulator for reflectarray design,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett. 45(6), 528–531 (2005).
[Crossref]

Li, J.

J. Li and N. Engheta, “Core-shell nanowire optical antennas fed by slab waveguides,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 55(11), 3018–3026 (2007).
[Crossref]

J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
[Crossref]

Mie, G.

G. Mie, “Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallösungen,” Leipzig Ann. Phys. 330(3), 377–445 (1908).
[Crossref]

Mosallaei, H.

S. Ghadarghadr, Z. Hao, and H. Mosallaei, “Plasmonic array nanoantennas on layered substrates: modeling and radiation characteristics,” Opt. Express 17(21), 18556–18570 (2009).
[Crossref]

H. Mosallaei, “FDTD-PLRC technique for modeling of anisotropic-dispersive media and metamaterial devices,” IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat. 49(3), 649–660 (2007).
[Crossref]

Novotny, L.

L. Novotny and B. Hecht, Principle of Nano-Optics (Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 2006).

Rahmat-Samii, Y.

H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and Y. A. Imbriale, “RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 56(12), 3689–3699 (2008).
[Crossref]

Rajagopalan, H.

H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and Y. A. Imbriale, “RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 56(12), 3689–3699 (2008).
[Crossref]

Rao, P. H.

N. Lenin and P. H. Rao, “Evaluation of the reflected phase of a patch using waveguide simulator for reflectarray design,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett. 45(6), 528–531 (2005).
[Crossref]

Salandrino, A.

J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
[Crossref]

N. Engheta, A. Alu, and A. Salandrino, “Nanocircuit elements, nano-transmission lines and nano-antennas using plasmonic materials in the optical domain,” in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials (2005), pp. 165–168.

Stratton, J. A.

J. A. Stratton, Electromagnetic Theory (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1941).

Taflove, A.

A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, 3rd ed. (Artech House, Norwood, 2005).

Vollmer, M.

U. Kreibig and M. Vollmer, Optical Properties of Metal Clusters (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, 1995).

IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. (4)

J. A. Encinar, “Design of two-layer printed reflectarrays using patches of variable size,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 49(10), 1403–1410 (2001).
[Crossref]

P. W. Hannan and M. A. Balfour, “Simulation of a phased-array antenna in waveguide,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 13(3), 342–353 (1965).
[Crossref]

H. Rajagopalan, Y. Rahmat-Samii, and Y. A. Imbriale, “RF MEMS Actuated Reconfigurable Reflectarray Patch-Slot Element,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 56(12), 3689–3699 (2008).
[Crossref]

J. Li and N. Engheta, “Core-shell nanowire optical antennas fed by slab waveguides,” IEEE Trans. Antenn. Propag. 55(11), 3018–3026 (2007).
[Crossref]

IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat. (1)

H. Mosallaei, “FDTD-PLRC technique for modeling of anisotropic-dispersive media and metamaterial devices,” IEEE Trans. Electromagn. Compat. 49(3), 649–660 (2007).
[Crossref]

J. Appl. Phys. (1)

A. Alù and N. Engheta, “Polarizabilities and effective parameters for collections of spherical nanoparticles formed by pairs of concentric double-negative, single-negative, and/or double-positive metamaterial layers,” J. Appl. Phys. 97(9), 094310 (2005).
[Crossref]

Leipzig Ann. Phys. (1)

G. Mie, “Beiträge zur Optik trüber Medien, speziell kolloidaler Metallösungen,” Leipzig Ann. Phys. 330(3), 377–445 (1908).
[Crossref]

Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett. (1)

N. Lenin and P. H. Rao, “Evaluation of the reflected phase of a patch using waveguide simulator for reflectarray design,” Microw. Opt. Technol. Lett. 45(6), 528–531 (2005).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (1)

Phys. Rev. B (1)

J. Li, A. Salandrino, and N. Engheta, “Shaping light beams in the nanometer scale: A Yagi-Uda nanoantenna in the optical domain,” Phys. Rev. B 76(24), 245403 (2007).
[Crossref]

Other (7)

L. Novotny and B. Hecht, Principle of Nano-Optics (Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 2006).

A. Taflove and S. C. Hagness, Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method, 3rd ed. (Artech House, Norwood, 2005).

C. A. Balanis, Antenna Theory, 3rd ed. (John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New Jersey, 2005).

N. Engheta, A. Alu, and A. Salandrino, “Nanocircuit elements, nano-transmission lines and nano-antennas using plasmonic materials in the optical domain,” in Proceedings of IEEE Conference on Antenna Technology: Small Antennas and Novel Metamaterials (2005), pp. 165–168.

J. A. Stratton, Electromagnetic Theory (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1941).

U. Kreibig and M. Vollmer, Optical Properties of Metal Clusters (Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany, 1995).

Weng Cho Chew, Waves and Fields in Inhomogeneous Media (IEEE Press, 1995).

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Figures (10)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Schematic of the system: (a) A concentric dielectric-plasmonic nanoparticle, and (b) Reflectarray nanoantenna structure.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Magnitude and phase of the polarizability α of a concentric nanoshell particle vs: (a) the permittivity of core when b/a = 0.533 and, (b) the ratio of radii b/a when εcore = 3ε 0. Operating wavelength is 357.1 nm and the shell is made of silver [εshell = (-4.67 + .01i)ε 0].

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Resonance performance of a concentric nanoshell particle, b/a = 0.533, εcore = 3ε 0. Close comparison between Mie-theory and FDTD is illustrated.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

FDTD simulated results for different core materials and construction of phase design curve: (a) Reflection amplitude and, (b) Reflection phase.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Phase of reflection coefficient vs the core permittivity at λ 0 = 357. 1nm.

Fig. 6.
Fig. 6.

Radiation pattern in the x-z plane at λ 0 = 357.1nm : (a) θ 0 = 15°, (b) θ 0 = 30°.

Fig. 7.
Fig. 7.

Near-field ( Ex ) of the reflectarray for 15° beam scanning [Fig. 6(a)] in a plane located at 0.5λ 0 above the nanoantenna: (a) Magnitude (dB), (b) Phase.

Fig. 8.
Fig. 8.

Near-field ( Ex ) of the reflectarray for 30° beam scanning [Fig. 6(b)] in a plane located at 0.5λ 0 above the nanoantenna: (a) Magnitude (dB), (b) Phase.

Fig. 9.
Fig. 9.

FDTD radiation pattern in the x-z plane at λ = 357.1nm : (a) θ 0 = 15°, (b) θ 0 = 30°. Good comparisons compared to dipole-modes theoretical results (Fig. 6) are observed.

Fig. 10.
Fig. 10.

Radiation patterns in the x-z plane at different frequencies for 30° beam scanning: (a) f = 0.9 f 0 , (b) f = 0.95 f 0 : (c) f = 1.05 f 0, and (d) f = 1.1 f 0, (f 0 = 840THz is the design frequency).

Tables (2)

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Table 1. Core relative permittivity of nanoantenna array elements: (a) θ 0 = 15°, (b) θ 0 = 30°.

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Table 2. Induced dipoles, px s and pz s: (a) θ 0 = 15°, (b) θ 0 = 30°.

Equations (7)

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α = 6 π ε 0 k 0 3 i c 1 TM
ε ( ω ) = ε 0 ( 1 ω p 2 ω ( ω + i γ p ) )
p l = α l ( E inc total ( r l ) + q , q l G ̿ dipole l r l r q p q + q G ̿ reflected l r l r q p q ) ,
G ̿ dipole l r 1 r q = [ ( k 1 2 + 2 2 x ) 2 x y 2 x z 2 x y ( k 1 2 + 2 2 y ) 2 y z 2 x z 2 y z ( k 1 2 + 2 2 z ) ] e i k 1 r l r q 4 π ε 1 r l r q ,
G ̿ reflected l r 1 r q = [ G e rx lx ( r l r q ) G e ry lx ( r 1 r q ) G e rz lx ( r l r q ) G e rx ly ( r l r q ) G e ry ly ( r l r q ) G e rz ly ( r l r q ) G e rx lz ( r l r q ) G e ry lz ( r l r q ) G e rz lz ( r l r q ) ] .
E = E θ E φ = k J 2 4 π ε J e i k J r r ( p x cos φ + p y sin φ ) cos θ Φ J 2 p z sin θ Φ J 1 ( p x sin φ p y sin φ ) Φ J 3 .
Φ l = k 0 [ d l sin θ 0 ( x l cos ϕ 0 + y l sin ϕ 0 ) ]

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