Single-pixel computational ghost imaging with helicity-dependent metasurface hologram

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  • Hong-Chao Liu
  • Biao Yang
  • Qinghua Guo
  • Jinhui Shi
  • Chunying Guan
  • Guoxing Zheng
  • Holger Mühlenbernd
  • Thomas Zentgraf

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
  • SZU-NUS Collaborative Innovation Center for Optoelectronic Science and Technology, Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Devices and Systems of Ministry of Education and Guangdong Province, College of Optoelectronic Engineering, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China.
  • Key Laboratory of In-Fiber Integrated Optics of Ministry of Education, College of Science, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin 150001, China.
  • School of Electronic Information, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China.
  • Department of Physics, University of Paderborn, Warburger Straße 100, Paderborn D-33098, Germany.
  • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518055, China


Different optical imaging techniques are based on different characteristics of light. By controlling the abrupt phase discontinuities with different polarized incident light, a metasurface can host a phase-only and helicity-dependent hologram. In contrast, ghost imaging (GI) is an indirect imaging modality to retrieve the object information from the correlation of the light intensity fluctuations. We report single-pixel computational GI with a high-efficiency reflective metasurface in both simulations and experiments. Playing a fascinating role in switching the GI target with different polarized light, the metasurface hologram generates helicity-dependent reconstructed ghost images and successfully introduces an additional security lock in a proposed optical encryption scheme based on the GI. The robustness of our encryption scheme is further verified with the vulnerability test. Building the first bridge between the metasurface hologram and the GI, our work paves the way to integrate their applications in the fields of optical communications, imaging technology, and security.


Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1701477
JournalScience Advances
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2017