Topological states in photonic systems

Optics played a key role in the discovery of geometric phase. It now joins the journey of exploring topological physics, bringing bosonic topological states that equip us with the ability to make perfect photonic devices using imperfect interfaces.

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Figure 1: One-way dispersions and circuit.
Figure 2: Weyl points in a gyroid photonic crystal.
Figure 3: A single-Dirac-cone surface state immune to random disorder.

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Acknowledgements

We thank P. Rebusco for critical reading and editing of the manuscript. J.D.J. was supported in part by the US Army Research Office through the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies under contract W911NF-13-D-0001. L.L. was supported in part by the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center Program of the NSF under award DMR-1419807. M.S. and L.L. (analysis and reading of the manuscript) were supported in part by the MIT Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center and Energy Frontier Research Center of DOE under grant DE-SC0001299. L.L. is also supported by the National Thousand-Young-Talents Program of China.

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Lu, L., Joannopoulos, J. & Soljačić, M. Topological states in photonic systems. Nature Phys 12, 626–629 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3796

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