Spin-controlled photonics via temporal anisotropy


Temporal metamaterials, based on time-varying constitutive properties, offer new exciting possibilities for advanced field manipulations. In this study, we explore the capabilities of anisotropic temporal slabs, which rely on abrupt changes in time from isotropic to anisotropic response (and vice versa). Our findings show that these platforms can effectively manipulate the wave-spin dimension, allowing for a range of intriguing spin-controlled photonic operations. We demonstrate these capabilities through examples of spin-dependent analog computing and spin–orbit interaction effects for vortex generation. These results provide new insights into the field of temporal metamaterials, and suggest potential applications in communications, optical processing and quantum technologies.

Nanophotonics AOP