Generalized Brewster effect in aluminum-doped ZnO nanopillars

Sharmistha Chatterjee, Evgeniy Shkondin, Osamu Takayama, Andrei V. Lavrinenko, Michael Hinczewski, Giuseppe Strangi

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Generalized Brewster effect is a phenomenon where light of both TE (S-) and TM (P-) polarization transmit through a surface with no reflection for a particular incident angle. Generalized Brewster angle (GBA) in visible and near-infrared (NIR) wavelength region is very useful in many scientific and technical areas of applications. However, it is very rare to find a material having this effect as it demands both dielectric and magnetic response in that wavelength range and usually magnetic response is extremely weak in the optical wavelengths. Here we demonstrate the GBA effect of an anisotropic material composed of highly ordered high aspect ratio aluminium doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanopillar arrays. Along with the experimental demonstration, we also provide a proper numerical analysis to investigate the origin of this effect in the pillar array system which will be useful for many conventional as well as new applications in photonics including protein sensing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE
EditorsDavid L. Andrews, Angus J. Bain, Martti Kauranen, Jean-Michel Nunzi
Number of pages11
PublisherSPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication date2020
Article number1134524
ISBN (Electronic)9781510634626
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventNanophotonics VIII 2020 - Virtual, Online, France
Duration: 6 Apr 202010 Apr 2020


ConferenceNanophotonics VIII 2020
CityVirtual, Online
SponsorCity of Strasbourg, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, et al., Eurometropole, Region Grand Est, SPIE
SeriesProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering


  • AZO
  • Brewster angle
  • Metamaterial
  • Metasurface
  • Transparent conductive oxide
  • Zinc oxide

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