Quasi-edge states and topological Bloch oscillation in the synthetic space Institutional Repository Document uri icon


  • In physics, synthetic dimensions trigger great interest to manipulate light in different ways, while in technology, lithium niobate shows important capability towards on-chip applications. Here, based on the state-of-art technology, we propose and study a theoretical model of dynamically-modulated waveguide arrays with the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger configuration in the spatial dimension. The propagation of light through the one-dimensional waveguide arrays mimics time evolution of field in a synthetic two-dimensional lattice including the frequency dimension. By adding the effective gauge potential, we find quasi-edge state that the intensity distribution manifests not at the boundary as the traditional edge state, which leads to an exotic topologically protected one-way transmission along adjacent boundary. Furthermore, a cosine-shape isolated band exhibits, supporting the topological Bloch oscillation in the frequency dimension under the effective constant force, which is localized at the spatial boundary and shows the topological feature. Our work therefore points out further capability of light transmission under topological protections in both spatial and spectral regimes, and provides future on-chip applications in the lithium niobate platform.

author list (cited authors)

  • Wu, X., Wang, L., Li, G., Cheng, D., Yu, D., Zheng, Y., ... Chen, X.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Wu, Xiaoxiong||Wang, Luojia||Li, Guangzhen||Cheng, Dali||Yu, Danying||Zheng, Yuanlin||Yakovlev, Vladislav V||Yuan, Luqi||Chen, Xianfeng

Book Title

  • arXiv

publication date

  • August 2021