Resonances and bound states in the continuum on periodic arrays of slightly noncircular cylinders

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Original languageEnglish
Article number035402
Journal / PublicationJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number3
Online published12 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2018


Optical bound states in the continuum (BICs), especially those on periodic structures, have interesting properties and potentially important applications. Existing theoretical and numerical studies for optical BICs are mostly for idealized structures with simple and perfect geometric features, such as circular holes, rectangular cylinders and spheres. Since small distortions are always present in actual fabricated structures, we perform a high accuracy numerical study for BICs and resonances on a simple periodic structure with small distortions, i.e., periodic arrays of slightly noncircular cylinders. Our numerical results confirm that symmetries are important not only for the so-called symmetry-protected BICs, but also for the majority of propagating BICs which do not have a symmetry mismatch with the outgoing radiation waves. Typically, the BICs continue to exist if the small distortions keep the relevant symmetries, and they become resonant modes with finite quality factors if the small distortions break a required symmetry.

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  • Bloch modes, bound states in the continuum, periodic waveguides, resonances