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Anisotropy enables unusual waves

It has been revealed that simple anisotropic optical waveguides and the vectorial nature of electromagnetic waves can support a variety of bound states in the continuum akin to those introduced in quantum mechanics almost a century ago.

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Figure 1: Formation of BICs in anisotropic waveguides.

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Kivshar, Y., Rybin, M. Anisotropy enables unusual waves. Nature Photon 11, 212–214 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2017.42

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