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Acoustic and photonic topological insulators by topology optimization
Author(s): Rasmus E. Christiansen; Fengwen Wang; Søren Stobbe; Ole Sigmund
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Paper Abstract

The preliminary study reported here investigates if unit-cell inclusion-symmetries may be broken in time-reversalinvariant topological insulator designs, while maintaining the desired global behaviour of pseudo-spin-dependent edge state based bi-directional, back-scattering robust, energy propagation. By allowing symmetries to be broken additional geometrical design freedom is attained, which may turn out to enable an improvement of various performance measures such as bandwidth and field confinement. The particular study considers a time-reversal-invariant acoustic topological insulator design, designed using a modified version of our recently proposed topology optimization based method for designing photonic and acoustic topological insulators.1 This method relies on a carefully constructed model system combined with the application of density based topology optimization to design two carefully interfaced crystal phases to maximize the flow of energy through the system. Through simple modifications of the method, we demonstrate that it is possible to design structures with different symmetry conditions from those that have previously been investigated using the method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 September 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11080, Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019, 1108003 (5 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2528504
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Rasmus E. Christiansen, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Fengwen Wang, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Søren Stobbe, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Ole Sigmund, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11080:
Metamaterials, Metadevices, and Metasystems 2019
Nader Engheta; Mikhail A. Noginov; Nikolay I. Zheludev, Editor(s)

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