Toward high-performing topological edge-state optical isolators

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We report on the experimental implementation of topological edge-state arrays with power confinement in the edge state as high as <29 dB relative to its farthermost channel. Average insertion losses of construction, consisting of seven waveguides fabricated on (100) liquid-phase-epitaxy-grown bismuth-substituted lutetium iron garnet films on a gadolinium gallium garnet substrate. The delocalization of the field can be realized by magnetizing only the single edge-state channel, thereby diverting the backscattered signal to serve as a high-performing optical isolator with a predicted isolation ratio as high as −50 dB. We discuss methods and challenges for full experimental implementation of a SSH topology-based optical isolator.

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© 2019 American Physical Society. Publisher's version of record: https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.11.034045

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Physical Review Applied