Graphene and boron nitride are two-dimensional materials whose atoms are arranged in a honeycomb lattice. Their unique properties arise because their electrons behave like relativistic particles (without and with mass, respectively) - namely, they obey the Dirac equation. Here, we use a photonic analog of boron nitride to observe Dirac physics in a silicon integrated optical platform. This will allow for photonic applications of Dirac dispersions (gapped and ungapped) to be realized in an on-chip, integrated nanophotonic platform.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics