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Full-Stokes polarimetry for visible light enabled by an all-dielectric metasurface



Yongze Ren, Shihao Guo, Wenqi Zhu, Pengcheng Huo, Sijia Liu, Song Zhang, Peng Chen, Lu Chen, Henri Lezec, Amit Agrawal, Yanqing Lu, Ting Xu


Decoding arbitrary polarization information from an optical field has triggered unprecedented endeavors in polarization imaging, remote sensing and information processing. Therefore, developing a polarization detection device with full on-chip integration and miniaturization holds tremendous potential for many areas of optical sciences. Here, we propose a full-Stokes polarimetry device for visible light based on an all-dielectric metasurface. By combining both geometric phase and propagation phase modulation, we design the metasurface to provide two uncorrelated phase profiles for the two orthogonal states of input polarization, which we then use to spatially separate the various polarization states of incident light. Through the use of a mm-scale multiplexed metasurface array, we further achieve successful characterization of the full polarization distribution of space-variant polarization fields. This proof-of concept ultracompact and ultrathin metasurface is expected to open new pathways in full-Stokes polarization detection, machine vision and navigation.
Advanced Photonics Research


Ren, Y. , Guo, S. , Zhu, W. , Huo, P. , Liu, S. , Zhang, S. , Chen, P. , Chen, L. , Lezec, H. , Agrawal, A. , Lu, Y. and Xu, T. (2022), Full-Stokes polarimetry for visible light enabled by an all-dielectric metasurface, Advanced Photonics Research, [online],, (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created February 20, 2022, Updated November 29, 2022