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Title: Nonlinear topological photonics
Authors: Smirnova, Daria
Leykam, Daniel
Chong, Yidong
Kivshar, Yuri
Keywords: Science::Physics
Issue Date: 2020
Source: Smirnova, D., Leykam, D., Chong, Y. & Kivshar, Y. (2020). Nonlinear topological photonics. Applied Physics Reviews, 7(2), 021306-.
Project: MOE2016-T3-1-006
Journal: Applied Physics Reviews
Abstract: Rapidly growing demands for fast information processing have launched a race for creating compact and highly efficient optical devices that can reliably transmit signals without losses. Recently discovered topological phases of light provide novel opportunities for photonic devices robust against scattering losses and disorder. Combining these topological photonic structures with nonlinear effects will unlock advanced functionalities such as magnet-free nonreciprocity and active tunability. Here, we introduce the emerging field of nonlinear topological photonics and highlight the recent developments in bridging the physics of topological phases with nonlinear optics. This includes the design of novel photonic platforms which combine topological phases of light with appreciable nonlinear response, self-interaction effects leading to edge solitons in topological photonic lattices, frequency conversion, active photonic structures exhibiting lasing from topologically protected modes, and many-body quantum topological phases of light. We also chart future research directions discussing device applications such as mode stabilization in lasers, parametric amplifiers protected against feedback, and ultrafast optical switches employing topological waveguides.
ISSN: 1931-9401
DOI: 10.1063/1.5142397
Rights: © 2020 Author(s). All article content, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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