Nonlinear mode competition and symmetry-protected power oscillations in topological lasers

Malzard, Simon and Schomerus, Henning Ulrich (2018) Nonlinear mode competition and symmetry-protected power oscillations in topological lasers. New Journal of Physics, 20. ISSN 1367-2630

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Abstract

Topological photonics started out as a pursuit to engineer systems that mimicfermionic single-particle Hamiltonians with symmetry-protected modes,whose number can only change in spectral phase transitions such as bandinversions. The paradigm of topologicallasing, realizedin three recent experiments, offers entirely new interpretations of these states, as they can be selectively amplified by distributed gain and loss. A key question is whether such topologicalmode selection persists when one accountsfor the nonlinearities that stabilize these systems at their working point. Here we show that topological defect lasers can indeed stably operate in genuinely topological states. These comprise direct analogues of zeromodes from the linear setting, as well as a novel class of states displaying symmetry-protected power oscillations, which appear in a spectral phase transition when the gain is increased. These effects show a remarkable practical resilience against imperfections, even if these break the underlying symmetries, and pave the way to harness the power of topological protection in nonlinear quantum devices

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
New Journal of Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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ID Code:
125701
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Deposited On:
05 Jun 2018 07:54
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Yes
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Published
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08 Jul 2020 07:06