We propose a new paradigm for realizing bound states in the continuum (BICs) by engineering the environment of a system to control the number of available radiation channels. Using this method, we demonstrate that a photonic crystal slab embedded in a photonic crystal environment can exhibit both isolated points and lines of BICs in different regions of its Brillouin zone. Finally, we demonstrate that the intersection between a line of BICs and a line of leaky resonances can yield exceptional points connected by a bulk Fermi arc. The ability to design the environment of a system opens up a broad range of experimental possibilities for realizing BICs in three-dimensional geometries, such as in 3D-printed structures and the planar grain boundaries of self-assembled systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)