Broadband topological slow light through higher momentum-space winding

16 Jan 2019  ·  Guglielmon Jonathan, Rechtsman Mikael C. ·

Slow-light waveguides can strongly enhance light-matter interaction, but suffer from narrow bandwidth, increased backscattering, and Anderson localization. Edge states in photonic topological insulators resist backscattering and localization, but typically cross the bandgap over a single Brillouin zone, meaning that slow group velocity implies narrow-band operation... Here we show theoretically that this can be circumvented via an edge termination that causes the edge state to wind many times around the Brillouin zone, making it both slow and broadband. read more

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