Color-selective three-dimensional polarization structures

Yuttana Intaravanne, Ruoxing Wang, Hammad Ahmed, Yang Ming, Yaqin Zheng, Zhang-Kai Zhou, Zhancheng Li, Shuqi Chen, Shuang Zhang, Xianzhong Chen

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

35 Citations (Scopus)
45 Downloads (Pure)


Polarization as an important degree of freedom for light plays a key role in optics. Structured beams with controlled polarization profiles have diverse applications, such as information encoding, display, medical and biological imaging, and manipulation of microparticles. However, conventional polarization optics can only realize two-dimensional polarization structures in a transverse plane. The emergent ultrathin optical devices consisting of planar nanostructures, so-called metasurfaces, have shown much promise for polarization manipulation. Here we propose and experimentally demonstrate color-selective three-dimensional (3D) polarization structures with a single metasurface. The geometric metasurfaces are designed based on color and phase multiplexing and polarization rotation, creating various 3D polarization knots. Remarkably, different 3D polarization knots in the same observation region can be achieved by controlling the incident wavelengths, providing unprecedented polarization control with color information in 3D space. Our research findings may be of interest to many practical applications such as vector beam generation, virtual reality, volumetric displays, security, and anti-counterfeiting.

Original languageEnglish
Article number302
JournalLight: Science and Applications
Publication statusPublished - 17 Oct 2022


Dive into the research topics of 'Color-selective three-dimensional polarization structures'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this