Switching via Wave Interaction in Topological Photonic Lattices
preprintposted on 2023-05-10, 16:01 authored by Mark J. Ablowitz, Justin T. Cole, S. D. Nixon
A honeycomb Floquet lattice with helically rotating waveguides and an interface separating two counter-propagating subdomains is analyzed. Two topologically protected localized waves propagate unidirectionally along the interface. Switching can occur when these interface modes reach the edge of the lattice and the light splits into waves traveling in two opposite directions. The incoming mode, traveling along the interface, can be routed entirely or partially along either lattice edge with the switching direction based on a suitable mixing of the interface modes.