Slow-light waveguides can strongly enhance light-matter interaction, but suffer from a narrow bandwidth, increased backscattering, and Anderson localization. Edge states in photonic topological insulators resist backscattering and localization, but typically cross the bulk band gap 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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)