Tuning the photonic nanojet based on the Babinet principle

Alina Karabchevsky, Yaakov Keren, Oleg V. Minin, Igor V. Minin

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The diffraction limit of electromagnetic waves restricts the formation of sub-wavelength spots. The feasibility to generate scattered beams of light with a high-intensity main lobe, a weak sub-diffracting waist, and a very low divergence angle, named Photonic nanojets, was demonstrated traditionally with spherical particles. Various practical applications require the creation of different types of photonic jets or electromagnetic streams with specific characteristics and properties. For instance, photonic jets can be applied to ease the coupling into the optical waveguides. In this case, photonic jets play the role of a coupling element similar to the lens, grating coupler or prism. To address this challenge, we study the Fresnel Zone Plate (FZP) of rings-like shape. We show that the Babinet principle can be applied for studying the complementary diffractive structures for the formation of near-field photonic jets on a facet of the optical waveguide. Using COMSOL Multiphysics, we built a model of the Fresnel Zone Plate structure based on rings and demonstrate the applicability of Babinet's principle for the formation of photonic jets in the near-infrared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonics and Plasmonics at the Mesoscale
EditorsSylvain Lecler, Vasily N. Astratov, Igor V. Minin
ISBN (Electronic)9781510635081
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
EventPhotonics and Plasmonics at the Mesoscale 2020 - None, France
Duration: 6 Apr 202010 Apr 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferencePhotonics and Plasmonics at the Mesoscale 2020


  • Diffraction optics
  • Nanophotonics
  • Optical forces, nanojet
  • Subwavelength focusing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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