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Title: Bulk elastic waves with unidirectional backscattering-immune topological states in a time-dependent superlattice

Recent progress in electronic and electromagnetic topological insulators has led to the demonstration of one way propagation of electron and photon edge states and the possibility of immunity to backscattering by edge defects. Unfortunately, such topologically protected propagation of waves in the bulk of a material has not been observed. We show, in the case of sound/elastic waves, that bulk waves with unidirectional backscattering-immune topological states can be observed in a time-dependent elastic superlattice. The superlattice is realized via spatial and temporal modulation of the stiffness of an elastic material. Bulk elastic waves in this superlattice are supported by a manifold in momentum space with the topology of a single twist Möbius strip. Our results demonstrate the possibility of attaining one way transport and immunity to scattering of bulk elastic waves.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (United States)
  2. Institut d'Electronique, de Micro-électronique et de Nanotechnologie, UMR CNRS 8520, Cité Scientifique, 59652 Villeneuve d'Ascq Cedex (France)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22494719
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Applied Physics; Journal Volume: 118; Journal Issue: 6; Other Information: (c) 2015 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; BACKSCATTERING; DEFECTS; ELECTRICAL INSULATORS; ELECTRONS; FLEXIBILITY; MODULATION; PHOTONS; SOUND WAVES; SUPERLATTICES; TIME DEPENDENCE; TOPOLOGY