- Topologically protected strongly-correlated states of photons
- New Journal of Physics
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- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam (ITFA)
Hybrid photonic nanostructures allow the engineering of novel interesting states of light. One recent example is topological photonic crystals where a nontrivial Berry phase of the photonic band structure gives rise to topologically protected unidirectionally-propagating (chiral) edge states of photons. Here we demonstrate that by coupling an array of emitters to the chiral photonic edge state one can create strongly correlated states of photons in a highly controllable way. These are topologically protected and have a number of remarkable universal properties: the outcome of scattering does not depend on the positions of emitters and is given only by universal numbers, the zeroes of Laguerre polynomials; two-photon correlation functions manifest a well-pronounced even-odd effect with respect to the number of emitters; and the result of scattering is robust with respect to fluctuations in the emitters' transition frequencies.
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