• Photonics Research
  • Vol. 9, Issue 7, 07001157 (2021)
Guoqiang Gu1, Pengcheng Zhang1, Sihui Chen1, Yi Zhang1, and Hui Yang1、2、*
Author Affiliations
  • 1Laboratory of Biomedical Microsystems and Nano Devices, Bionic Sensing and Intelligence Center, Institute of Biomedical and Health Engineering, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China
  • 2CAS Key Laboratory of Health Informatics, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenzhen 518055, China
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    Abstract

    When light propagates through the edge or middle part of a microparticle’s incoming interface, there is a basic rule that light converges and diverges rapidly or slowly at the output port. These two parts are referred to as the region of rapid change (RRC) and region of slow change (RSC), respectively. Finding the boundary point between RRC and RSC is the key to reveal and expound upon this rule scientifically. Based on the correlation between light convergence–divergence and the slope of emergent light, combined with the relationship between a natural logarithm and growth in physical reality and the second derivative of a function in practical significance, we determine the boundary point between RRC and RSC, namely, the inflection point. From such a perspective, a photonic nanojet (PNJ) and near-field focusing by light irradiation on RSC and RRC, as well as the position of the inflection point under different refractive index contrasts and the field distribution of light focusing, are studied with finite-element-method-based numerical simulation and ray-optics-based theoretical analysis. By illuminating light of different field intensity ratios to the regions divided by the inflection point, we demonstrate the generation of a photonic hook (PH) and the modulation of PNJ/PH in a new manner.
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    Guoqiang Gu, Pengcheng Zhang, Sihui Chen, Yi Zhang, Hui Yang. Inflection point: a perspective on photonic nanojets[J]. Photonics Research, 2021, 9(7): 07001157
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    Category: Nanophotonics and Photonic Crystals
    Received: Jan. 6, 2021
    Accepted: Mar. 25, 2021
    Posted: Mar. 30, 2021
    Published Online: Jun. 9, 2021
    The Author Email: Hui Yang (hui.yang@siat.ac.cn)