Towards four-dimensional photonics

Hannah M. Price, Tomoki Ozawa, Nathan Goldman, Oded Zilberberg, Iacopo Carusotto

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Recent advances in silicon ring-resonator arrays have stimulated the development of topological lattices for photons, with potential applications in integrated photonic devices. Taking inspiration from ultracold atoms, we propose how such arrays can be extended into an additional synthetic dimension by coupling together the different modes of each ring resonator.1 In this way, a 1D resonator chain can become an effective 2D system, while a 3D resonator array can be exploited as a 4D photonic lattice. As an example of the power of this approach, we discuss how to experimentally realise an optical analogue of the 4D quantum Hall effect for the first time. This opens up the way towards the exploration of higher-dimensional lattices in integrated photonics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Photonics of Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication IX
EditorsPhilip R. Hemmer, Alan L. Migdall, Hwang Lee, Zameer U. Hasan
ISBN (Electronic)9781628419979
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAdvances in Photonics of Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication IX - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 2016 Feb 162016 Feb 18

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceAdvances in Photonics of Quantum Computing, Memory, and Communication IX
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


  • coupled ring resonators
  • higher-dimensional photonic lattices
  • quantum Hall eect
  • synthetic dimensions
  • synthetic gauge elds
  • topological physics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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