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Valley physics in non-Hermitian artificial acoustic boron nitride

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2018-06-15
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American Physical Society
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The valley can serve as a new degree of freedom in the manipulation of particles or waves in condensed matter physics, whereas systems containing combinations of gain and loss elements constitute rich building units that can mimic non-Hermitian properties. By introducing gain and loss in artificial acoustic boron nitride, we show that the acoustic valley states and the valley-projected edge states display exotic behaviors in that they sustain either attenuated or amplified wave propagation. Our findings show how non-Hermiticity introduces a mechanism in tuning topological protected valley transports, which may have significance in advanced wave control for sensing and communication applications.
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Acoustic metamaterials, Topological insulators
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Physical review letters