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Breakdown effect of periodic perturbations to the robustness of topological phase in a gyromagnetic photonic crystal

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posted on 2023-09-28, 16:00 authored by Y. Tian, R. Zhou, Z. -R. Liu, Y. Liu, H. Lin, B. Zhou
In the known field of topological photonics, what remains less so is the breakdown effect of topological phases deteriorated by perturbation. In this paper, we investigate the variance on topological invariants for a periodic Kekul{\'e} medium perturbed in unit cells, which was a gyromagnetic photonic crystal holding topological phases induced by \emph{synchronized rotation} of unit cells. Two parameters for geometric and material perturbation are respectively benchmarked to characterise the topological degradation. Our calculation demonstrates that such a periodic perturbation easily destructs the topological phase, and thus calls for further checkups on robustness under such unit-cell-perturbation in realization.



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