Broadband energy squeezing and tunneling based on unidirectional modes

Lujun Hong, Yazhou Wang, Yun Shen, Xiaohua Deng, Kai Yuan, Sanshui Xiao, Jie Xu

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    Energy squeezing is attractive for its potential applications in electromagnetic (EM) energy harvesting and optical communication. However, due to the Fabry-Perot resonance, only the EM waves with discrete frequencies can be squeezed and, as far as we know, in the previous energy-squeezing devices, stringent requirements of the materials or the geometrical shape are needed. We note that the structures filled with epsilon-near-zero (ENZ) mediums as reported in some works can squeeze and tunnel EM waves at frequencies (e.g. plasma frequency). However, the group velocity is usually near zero, which means little EM information travels through the structures. In this paper, low-loss energy squeezing and tunneling (EST) based on unidirectional modes were demonstrated in YIG-based one-way waveguides at microwave frequencies. According to our theoretical analysis and the simulations using the finite element method, broadband EST was achieved and the EM EST was observed even for extremely bended structures. Besides, similar EM EST was achieved in a realistic three-dimensional remanence-based one-way waveguide as well. The unidirectional mode-based EST paves the way for ultra-subwavelength EM focusing, enhanced nonlinear optics, and the design of numerous functional devices in integrated optical circuits such as phase modulator.

    Original languageEnglish
    JournalOptical Materials Express
    Issue number9
    Pages (from-to)2975-2984
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2021

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    Funding Information:
    Funding. National Natural Science Foundation of China (11904152, 61865009, 61927813); Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province (14JC0153); Start-up funding of Southwest Medical University (20/00040186); Science and Technology Strategic Cooperation Programs of Luzhou Municipal People’s Government and Southwest Medical University (2019LZXNYDJ18).

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