Applications of Optical Birefringence: With Natural-Materials and Meta-Materials

Ying Tang

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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The beauty of optical birefringence lies in the fact that it provides an independent control of light over different polarization directions, which leads to many important applications in today's optical systems. This thesis describes the applications of existing naturally-occurring birefringent materials as well as the engineered formed-birefringent meta-materials via nano-fabrication. In particular the application of birefringent materials in optical trapping, waveguide engineering and imaging are discussed. The investigation methods include numerical simulation, nano-fabrication and experimental validation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Urbach, H.P., Supervisor
  • Adam, A.J.L., Advisor
Award date2 Oct 2019
Print ISBNs978-94-028-1736-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • meta-materials
  • birefriengence
  • waveguide
  • super-resolution
  • optical trapping
  • nanoparticles
  • imaging


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