Topologically Protected Twist Edge States for a Resonant Mechanical Laser-Beam Scanner

  • Author:

    J. Köpfler, T. Frenzel, M. Kadic, J. Schmalian, and M. Wegener

  • Source:

    Phys. Rev. Applied 11, 034059 (2019)

  • Date: 25.03.2019
  • Abstract:

    We design a one-dimensional chain of two different alternating three-dimensional elastic chiral unit cells. The chain’s topological band gap, a result of the alternation of unit cells combined with their chirality and an effective mirror symmetry, guarantees a protected edge state, corresponding to a localized twist mode with an eigenfrequency inside the one-dimensional band gap. A small axial modulation at the one end of the beam can excite this resonant twist mode at the other end of the beam, via evanescent modes in the gap. The topological robustness of the edge state allows us to add a micromirror to the other end of the beam, turning the arrangement into a resonant mechanical laser-beam scanner. Its scalable operation frequency makes it attractive for applications.