Irem Altiner, Temple University
2022 AWM Research Symposium
Women in Analysis Research Network - Special Session for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Metalenses are ultra thin surfaces that are composed of nano structures to focus light. These nano structures manipulate light waves by abrupt phase shifts over the scale of the wavelength to bend them in unusual ways. Compared to the bulky, thick shapes of the conventional lenses, metalenses offer many advantages in optical applications due to their reduced thicknesses and multifunctionalities. Mathematically a metalens can be represented by a pair $(\Gamma,\phi)$ where $\Gamma$ is a surface in $\Bbb R^3$, and $\phi$ is a $\Bbb C^1$ function defined in a neighborhood of $\Gamma,$ called phase discontinuity. The knowledge of $\phi$ yields the type of arrangements of the nano structures on the surface that are needed for a specific refraction job. In this talk we are going to discuss the existence of phase discontinuity functions given the characteristic of medium in which light travel and the directions of light.

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