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Nanophotonic design for optical manipulation and propulsion of metasurfaces (Conference Presentation)

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We explore light-driven manipulation, levitation, and propulsion of ultralight weight macroscopic objects (size >> ) whose properties are tailored by nanophotonic design. Our analysis expands the regime of self-stabilizing optical manipulation from the regime of microscopic (i.e., wavelength-scale) objects such as nanoparticles to the macroscopic regime of many m, mm, cm, or even meter-scale objects, which can be achieved by tailoring the radiation pressure forces by controlling the anisotropy and spatial distribution of light scattering along the object surface. From this has emerged a general, scale-independent theory for the light-induced manipulation of macroscopic objects with patterned nanoscale components that impart optical anisotropy. From the theory, we can develop specific examples, including a scalable design that features silicon resonators on a silica substrate where these nanophotonic structures serve to self-stabilize the body dynamics.

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Date Published: 9 September 2019
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Proc. SPIE 11080, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019, 110800T (9 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2531070
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Harry A. Atwater Jr., Caltech (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11080:
Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019
Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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