Perturbation theories for symmetry-protected bound states in the continuum on two-dimensional periodic structures

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Original languageEnglish
Article numberARTN 043827
Number of pages10
Journal / PublicationPhysical Review A
Issue number4
Online published21 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


On dielectric periodic structures with a reflection symmetry in a periodic direction, there can be antisymmetric standing waves (ASWs) that are symmetry-protected bound states in the continuum (BICs). The BICs have found many applications, mainly because they give rise to resonant modes of extremely large quality factors (Q factors). The ASWs are robust to symmetric perturbations of the structure, but they become resonant modes if the perturbation is nonsymmetric. The Q factor of a resonant mode on a perturbed structure is typically O(1/δ2), where delta is the amplitude of the perturbation, but special perturbations can produce resonant modes with larger Q factors. For two-dimensional (2D) structures with a one-dimensional (1D) periodicity, we derive conditions on the perturbation profile such that the Q factors are O(1/δ4) or O(1/δ6). For the unperturbed structure, an ASW is surrounded by resonant modes with a nonzero Bloch wave vector. For 2D structures with a 1D periodicity, the Q factors of nearby resonant modes are typically O(1/β2), where beta is the Bloch wave number. We show that the Q factors can be O(1/β6) if the ASW satisfies a simple condition.