Polarization-Dependent All-Dielectric Metasurface for Single-Shot Quantitative Phase Imaging

Einstom Engay, Dewang Huo, Radu Malureanu, Ada-Ioana Bunea, Andrei Lavrinenko

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Phase retrieval is a noninterferometric quantitative phase imaging technique that has become an essential tool in optical metrology and label-free microscopy. Phase retrieval techniques require multiple intensity measurements traditionally recorded by camera or sample translation, which limits their applicability mostly to static objects. In this work, we propose the use of a single polarization-dependent all-dielectric metasurface to facilitate the simultaneous recording of two images, which are utilized in phase calculation based on the transport-of-intensity equation. The metasurface acts as a multifunctional device that splits two orthogonal polarization components and adds a propagation phase shift onto one of them. As a proof-of-principle, we demonstrate the technique in the wavefront sensing of technical samples using a standard imaging setup. Our metasurface-based approach fosters a fast and compact configuration that can be integrated into commercial imaging systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalNano Letters
Issue number9
Pages (from-to)3820–3826
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • All-dielectric metasurface,
  • Quantitative phase imaging
  • Wavefront sensing
  • Transport-of-intensity


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