Experimental Study of Ordering of Hard Cubes by Shearing
The compaction dynamics of an ensemble of cubic particles submitted to a novel type of
excitation are analyzed experimentally. Instead of the standard tapping procedure used in
granular materials, alternative twists are applied to the cylindrical container. Under this
agitation, the development of shear forces among the different layers of cubes leads to particle
alignment. As a result, the packing fraction grows monotonically with the number of twists. If
the intensity of the excitations is sufficiently large, an ordered final state is reached where the
volume fraction is the densest possible compatible with the boundary condition. This ordered final state resembles the tetratic or cubatic phases observed in colloids.
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Broadband Achromatic Metalens in the Visible
Conventional refractive optical lens specifically relies on a polished surface profile on
transparent material to attain the gradual phase change. It is bulky and time-consuming to
manufacture with high precision. With the ability of high-resolution nanofabrication, metasurface consists of metallic elements with thickness on the order of subwavelength (i.e., tens of nanometer) can interact with the incoming light and shape the wave front. By producing a hyperbolical phase profile, designed metasurfaces can work as lens (referred to as metalens),
which has convergent effect for incident light beams with considerable efficiency. In this talk, I will give an introduction of two designs of achromatic metalens in the visible from the recent
reports. This proof-of-concept demonstration show that flat achromatic metalens could allow
practical applications in focusing and full color imaging.
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