Topological multiband photonic superlattices

Bikashkali Midya, Liang Feng

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A one-dimensional discrete lattice of dimers is known to possess topologically protected edge states when interdimer coupling is stronger than intradimer coupling. Here, we address richer topological properties of photonic superlattices having an arbitrary number of elements in each unit cell. It is shown that the superlattice provides a tunable number of topologically protected edge and interface states depending on certain restrictions on intra- and intercell couplings maintaining inversion symmetry of the lattice. Simultaneous and stable propagation of multiple topological interface states, their interference pattern, and stable oscillation are reported. The configuration can be relevant for topologically protected mode-division multiplexing through a narrow route in photonic devices.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 19 2018
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2021-04-13
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): OSR-2016-CRG5-2950-04
Acknowledgements: We acknowledge support from the Army Research Office Young Investigator Research Program (Grant No. W911NF-16-1-0403) and King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (Grant No. OSR-2016-CRG5-2950-04).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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