Beam steering at the nanosecond time scale with an atomically thin reflector

Trond I. Andersen, Ryan J. Gelly, Giovanni Scuri, Bo L. Dwyer, Dominik S. Wild, Rivka Bekenstein, Andrey Sushko, Jiho Sung, You Zhou, Alexander A. Zibrov, Xiaoling Liu, Andrew Y. Joe, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Susanne F. Yelin, Philip Kim, Hongkun Park*, Mikhail D. Lukin*

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Techniques to mold the flow of light on subwavelength scales enable fundamentally new optical systems and device applications. The realization of programmable, active optical systems with fast, tunable components is among the outstanding challenges in the field. Here, we experimentally demonstrate a few-pixel beam steering device based on electrostatic gate control of excitons in an atomically thin semiconductor with strong light-matter interactions. By combining the high reflectivity of a MoSe2 monolayer with a graphene split-gate geometry, we shape the wavefront phase profile to achieve continuously tunable beam deflection with a range of 10°, two-dimensional beam steering, and switching times down to 1.6 nanoseconds. Our approach opens the door for a new class of atomically thin optical systems, such as rapidly switchable beam arrays and quantum metasurfaces operating at their fundamental thickness limit.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number3431
JournalNature Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
We acknowledge support from the DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship (N00014-16-1-2825 for H.P., N00014-18-1-2877 for P.K.), NSF (PHY-1506284 for H.P. and M.D.L.), NSF CUA (PHY-1125846 for S.F.Y., H.P., and M.D.L.), AFOSR MURI (FA9550-17-1-0002), ARL (W911NF1520067 for H.P. and M.D.L.), the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF4543 for P.K.), ONR MURI (N00014-15-1-2761 for P.K.), DOE (DE-SC0020115 for S.F.Y.), and Samsung Electronics (for P.K. and H.P.). All fabrication was performed at the Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS), a member of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Network (NNCI), which is supported by the National Science Foundation under NSF award 1541959. K.W. and T.T. acknowledge support from the Elemental Strategy Initiative conducted by the MEXT, Japan and the CREST (JPMJCR15F3), JST. A.S. acknowledges support from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 101023276.

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