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Realization of high aspect ratio metalenses by facile nanoimprint lithography using water-soluble stamps

New Content Item (2)Nanoimprint lithography (NIL) has attracted attention recently as a promising fabrication method for dielectric metalenses owing to its low cost and high throughput, however, high aspect ratio (HAR) nanostructures are required to manipulate the full 2π phase of light. Conventional NIL using a hard-polydimethylsiloxane (h-PDMS) mold inevitably incurs shear stress on the nanostructures which is inversely proportional to the surface area parallel to the direction of detachment. Therefore, HAR structures are subjected to larger shear stresses, causing structural failure. Herein, we propose a novel wet etching NIL method with no detachment process to fabricate flawless HAR metalenses. The water-soluble replica mold is fabricated with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) which is simpler than an h-PDMS mold, and the flexibility of the PVA mold is suitable for direct printing as its high tensile modulus allows high-resolution patterning of HAR metalenses. The diffraction-limited focusing of the printed metalenses demonstrates that it operates as an ideal lens in the visible regime. This method can potentially be used for manufacturing various nanophotonic devices that require HAR nanostructures at low cost and high throughput, facilitating commercialization.

  1. Authors: Lucas Kreiss, Shaowei Jiang, Xiang Li, Shiqi Xu, Kevin C. Zhou, Kyung Chul Lee, Alexander Mühlberg, Kanghyun Kim, Amey Chaware, Michael Ando, Laura Barisoni, Seung Ah Lee, Guoan Zheng, Kyle J. Lafata, Oliver Friedrich and Roarke Horstmeyer

  1. Authors: Xiujuan Zou, Gaige Zheng, Quan Yuan, Wenbo Zang, Run Chen, Tianyue Li, Lin Li, Shuming Wang, Zhenlin Wang and Shining Zhu

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PhotoniX aims to present brave endeavors in promoting X-disciplinary research, latest progress of engineering applications and breakthroughs in scientific discoveries, all enabled by photonics. Original scientific letters, articles, reviews, and technology progress reports are equally welcome.

The journal focuses on the enabling power of photonics, with topics including but not limited to:

  • Light manipulation and applications, beam propagation and steering techniques
  • Optical communication, storage, information processing and computing
  • Photonics for big data and artificial intelligence
  • Astrophotonics and aero-space optics
  • Optical sensing technologies
  • Terahertz and X-ray optics
  • Green technologies
  • Small-scale optics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Optoelectronics
  • Meta optics
  • Bionics

Why submit to us?

1. About photonics but truly cross-disciplinary
2. Fully Open Access with high visibility
3. An official journal of the Chinese Society for Optical Engineering (CSOE)
4. Served by a renowned, dedicated and international editorial board to give professional editorial response

Editors' Quotes

Editor-in-Chief Min Gu "It is no doubt that photonics has become a key enabling technology platform for our sustainable life. It is at this exciting time that we welcome the arrival of the inaugural issue of the journal, PhotoniX, to our photonics community. We aim that the new journal not only truly showcases the enabling power of photonics, but also strives to develop this power into cultivating industries as well as improving the competitiveness, the scope and depth of science and technology in general..." 

Editor-in-Chief Min Qiu "This open-access journal focuses on photonic technology with cutting-edge, multidisciplinary and derivative characteristics, aiming to become a platform to promote the international frontier "Enabling Technology". It comes at a crucial moment when both academia and industry urgently need a platform to explore the true enabling power of photonics..." 

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Editor-in-Chief: Min Gu

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He is Executive Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He was Distinguished Professor and Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor at RMIT University and a Laureate Fellow of the Australian Research Council. He is an author of 4 standard reference books and has over 500 publications in nano/biophotonics. He is an elected fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering as well as foreign fellow of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. He is also an elected fellow of the AIP, the OSA, the SPIE, the InstP, and the IEEE. He was President of the International Society of Optics within Life Sciences, Vice President of the Board of the International Commission for Optics (ICO) (Chair of the ICO Prize Committee) and a Director of the Board of the Optical Society of America (Chair of the International Council). He was awarded the Einstein Professorship, the W. H. (Beattie) Steel Medal, the Ian Wark Medal, the Boas Medal and the Victoria Prize for Science and Innovation. He is a winner of the 2019 Dennis Gabor Award of SPIE.

Editor-in-Chief: Min Qiu

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He received the Ph.D. degree from Zhejiang University in 1999. He received his second Ph.D. degree and became an assistant professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden, in 2001. He became a full professor (Professor of Photonics) at KTH in 2009. Since 2010, he became a distinguished professor at Zhejiang University. He was the Director of State Key Laboratory of Modern Optical Instrumentation, Zhejiang University. He joined Westlake University as a Chair Professor of Photonics in April 2018. His research interests include nanofabrication technology, nanophotonics, and green photonics. He was elected a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2015, a fellow of the Optical Society of America (OSA) and a fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) in 2013. He is leading a project on solar thermal energy utilization through the National Key Research and Development Program of China (No. 2017YFA0205700). He is currently an editor of Optics Communications (Elsevier), a topical editor of Light: Science and Applications (Springer Nature), and an associate editor of Science Bulletin (Science China Press).

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Chinese Society for Optical Engineering

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Tsinghua University

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University of Shanghai for Science and Technology

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Westlake University


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