topological photonics




The field of topological photonics deals with electromagnetic phenomena (specifically the propagation of light in suitable materials) which mimic the behaviour of electrons in topological insulator materials.


Original proposal:

  • F. D. M. Haldane, S. Raghu, Possible realization of directional optical waveguides in photonic crystals with broken time-reversal symmetry, Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 100, no. 1, p. 013904, 2008 (doi:10.1103/physrevlett.100.013904)

  • Z. Wang, Y. D. Chong, J. D. Joannopoulos, M. Soljačić, Reflection-free one-way edge modes in a gyromagnetic photonic crystal, Phys. Rev. Lett., vol. 100, no. 1, p. 013905, 2008 (doi:10.1103/physrevlett.100.013905)

First realizations:

  • Z. Wang, Y. Chong, J. D. Joannopoulos, and M. Soljačić, Observation of unidirectional backscattering-immune topological electromagnetic states, Nature, vol. 461, no. 7265, pp. 772–775, 2009 (doi:10.1038/nature08293)

  • M. C. Rechtsman, J. M. Zeuner, Y. Plotnik, et al., Photonic Floquet topological insulators, Nature, vol. 496, no. 7444, pp. 196–200, 2013 (doi:10.1038/nature12066)


  • Ling Lu, John D. Joannopoulos, Marin Soljačić, Topological photonics, Nature Photonics volume 8, pages 821–829 (2014) (nphoton:2014.248)

  • Tomoki Ozawa, et al., Topological photonics, Rev. Mod. Phys. 91, 015006 2019 (doi:10.1103/RevModPhys.91.015006)

  • Mordechai Segev, Miguel A. Bandres, Topological photonics: Where do we go from here?, De Gruyter 2020 (doi:10.1515/nanoph-2020-0441)

  • Charles Choi, Topological Photonics: What It Is and Why We Need It, IEEE Spectrum, Mar 2020 (web)

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