Metasurface-Based Hybrid Optical Cavities for Chiral Sensing

Baßler NS, Aiello A, Schmidt KP, Genes C, Reitz M (2024)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2024


Book Volume: 132

Article Number: 043602

Journal Issue: 4

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.132.043602


Quantum metasurfaces, i.e., two-dimensional subwavelength arrays of quantum emitters, can be employed as mirrors towards the design of hybrid cavities, where the optical response is given by the interplay of a cavity-confined field and the surface modes supported by the arrays. We show that stacked layers of quantum metasurfaces with orthogonal dipole orientation can serve as helicity-preserving cavities. These structures exhibit ultranarrow resonances and can enhance the intensity of the incoming field by orders of magnitude, while simultaneously preserving the handedness of the field circulating inside the resonator, as opposed to conventional cavities. The rapid phase shift in the cavity transmission around the resonance can be exploited for the sensitive detection of chiral scatterers passing through the cavity. We discuss possible applications of these resonators as sensors for the discrimination of chiral molecules. Our approach describes a new way of chiral sensing via the measurement of particle-induced phase shifts.

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Baßler, N.S., Aiello, A., Schmidt, K.P., Genes, C., & Reitz, M. (2024). Metasurface-Based Hybrid Optical Cavities for Chiral Sensing. Physical Review Letters, 132(4).


Baßler, Nico S., et al. "Metasurface-Based Hybrid Optical Cavities for Chiral Sensing." Physical Review Letters 132.4 (2024).

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