New edge-centered photonic square lattices with flat bands Academic Article uri icon


  • 2017 Elsevier Inc. We report a new class of edge-centered photonic square lattices with multiple flat bands, and consider in detail two examples: the Lieb-5 and Lieb-7 lattices. In these lattices, there are 5 and 7 sites in the unit cell and in general, the number is restricted to odd integers. The number of flat bands m in the new Lieb lattices is related to the number of sites N in the unit cell by a simple formula m=(N1)2. The flat bands reported here are independent of the pseudomagnetic field. The properties of lattices with even and odd number of flat bands are different. We consider the localization of light in such Lieb lattices. If the input beam excites the flat-band mode, it will not diffract during propagation, owing to the strong mode localization. In the Lieb-7 lattice, the beam will also oscillate during propagation and still not diffract. The period of oscillation is determined by the energy difference between the two flat bands. This study provides a new platform for investigating light trapping, photonic topological insulators, and pseudospin-mediated vortex generation.

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altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, D. a., Zhang, Y., Zhang, H., Li, C., Zhang, Z., Zhang, Y., & Belic, M. R.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Da||Zhang, Yiqi||Zhong, Hua||Li, Changbiao||Zhang, Zhaoyang||Zhang, Yanpeng||Belić, Milivoj R

publication date

  • July 2017