Polarization conversion on nanostructured metallic surfaces fabricated by LIPSS

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San Blas, A.
Casquero, N.
Pérez, N.
Martínez Calderón, M.
Buencuerpo, J.
Olaizola, S.M.
Rodríguez, A.
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Waveplates modify polarization by generating a phase change. Laser Induced Periodic Surface Structures (LIPSS) have recently started to be studied as waveplates due to the birefringence in-duced by the nanoripples, easily fabricated in a one-step process by laser, where LIPSS morphology is defined by the characteristics of the laser process parameters and the substrate material. The optical properties of these waveplates are defined by LIPSS parameters such as period, depth or width of the ripples. In this work we have deposited thin film coatings on stainless steel samples containing LIPSS for different coating thickness and composition. Results show that thin film coatings are a good candidate for the tunability of LIPSS birefringence since the coating modifies the induced polarization change and reflectivity of the sample depending on coating thickness and composition, as expected from numerical simulations.
Conference on Laser-Based Micro-and Nanoprocessing (LBMP) at Photonics West Conference (13ª. 2019. San Francisco, California). ISBN: 978-1-5106-2455-9 © 2019 SPIE. This work is part of the following projects: ECOGRAB, funded by the Government of Spain under the RETOS COLABORACIÓN I+D+i programme. LASER4SURF has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768636.