Loss-Driven Topological Transitions in Lasing

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We experimentally observe lasing in a hexamer plasmonic lattice and find that, when tuning the scale of the unit cell, the polarization properties of the emission change. By a theoretical analysis, we identify the lasing modes as quasi-bound-states in continuum of topological charges of zero, one, or two. A T-matrix simulation of the structure reveals that the mode quality (Q) factors depend on the scale of the unit cell, with highest-Q modes favored by lasing. The system thus shows a loss-driven transition between lasing in modes of trivial and high-order topological charge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number173901
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2022
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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