Most chiral metamaterials and meta surfaces are designed to operate in a single wavelength band and with a certain circular dichroism (CD) value. Here, mid-infrared chiral meta surface absorbers with selective CD in dual-wavelength bands are designed and demonstrated. The dual-band CD selectivity and tunability in the chiral meta surface absorbers are enabled by the unique design of a unit cell with two coupled rectangular bars. It is shown that the sign of CD in each wavelength band can be independently controlled and flipped by simply adjusting the geometric parameters, the width and the length, of the vertical rectangular bars. The mechanism of the dual-band CD selection in the chiral meta surface absorber is further revealed by studying the electric field and magnetic field distributions of the antibonding and bonding modes supported in the coupled bars under circularly polarized incident light. Furthermore, the chiral resonance wavelength can be continuously increased by scaling up the geometric parameters of the meta surface unit cell. The demonstrated results will contribute to the advance of future mid-infrared applications such as chiral molecular sensing, thermophotovoltaics, and optical communication.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


U.S. Department of Energy, Grant DE-AC02-06CH11357

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23 May 2022

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