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Opt Lett. 2019 Mar 15;44(6):1452-1455. doi: 10.1364/OL.44.001452.

Design, fabrication, and measurement of an anisotropic holographic metasurface for generating vortex beams carrying orbital angular momentum.


In this Letter, to the best of our knowledge, a novel anisotropic surface impedance holographic metasurface antenna for generating orbital angular momentum (OAM) is developed through design, fabrication, and measurement at radio frequencies. The classical leaky-wave theory and a microwave holography method are combined to realize vortex waves carrying different OAM modes flexibly. The holographic metasurface composed of subwavelength quasi-periodic anisotropic metallic patches on a grounded dielectric substrate operates by exciting the interference patterns. The interferences are generated between a reference wave excited by the monopole antenna and a field with the desirably shaped wavefront-carrying helical phase. Numerical simulation has shown good agreement with the experimental results, which lays a solid foundation for holographic metasurface antennas having the potential for OAM generation at radio frequencies.


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