Metasurface enabled 3-in-1 microscopy

Yuttana Intaravanne, Muhammad Afnan Ansari, Hammad Ahmed, Narina Bileckaja, Huabing Yin, Xianzhong Chen

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Edge enhancement and polarization detection are critical to image transparent or low-contrast samples. However, currently available systems are limited to performing only a single functionality. To meet the requirement of system integration, there is a pressing need for a microscope with multiple functionalities. Here, we propose and develop a microscope with three different functionalities based on spatial multiplexing and polarization splitting. A novel geometric metasurface (MS) is used to realize a spiral phase profile and two phase gradient profiles along two vertical directions, which can perform such an extremely challenging optical task. This is the first demonstration of a 3-in-1 microscope that can simultaneously obtain five images with different optical properties in an imaging plane for the same sample. Imaging experiments with different samples verify its capability to simultaneously perform edge imaging, polarimetric imaging, and conventional microscope imaging. Benefiting from the compactness and multifunctionality of the optical MS device, the integration does not increase the volume of the microscope. This approach can enable users to visualize the multiple facets of samples in real-time.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)544–551
Number of pages8
JournalACS Photonics
Issue number2
Early online date26 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2023


  • edge imaging
  • multifunctional microscopy
  • optical metasurfaces
  • polarimetric imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Biotechnology
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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