Integrated optical Dirac physics via inversion symmetry breaking

Matthew J. Collins, Fan Zhang, Richard Bojko, Lukas Chrostowski, Mikael C. Rechtsman

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Graphene and boron nitride are two-dimensional materials whose atoms are arranged in a honeycomb lattice. Their unique properties arise because their electrons behave like relativistic particles (without and with mass, respectively) - namely, they obey the Dirac equation. Here, we use a photonic analog of boron nitride to observe Dirac physics in a silicon integrated optical platform. This will allow for photonic applications of Dirac dispersions (gapped and ungapped) to be realized in an on-chip, integrated nanophotonic platform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number063827
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 13 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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