Gauge Field Optics with Anisotropic Media

Fu Liu, Jensen Li
2015 Physical Review Letters  
By considering gauge transformations on the macroscopic Maxwell's equations, a two dimensional gauge field, with its pseudo magnetic field in the real space, is identified as tilted anisotropy in the constitutive parameters. We show that optical spin Hall effect and one-way edge states become possible simply by using anisotropic media with broadband response. The proposed gauge field also allows us to design an optical isolator based on the Aharonov-Bohm effect. Our approach will be useful in
more » ... oof magneto-optics with arbitrary magnetic fields mimicked by metamaterials with subwavelength unit cells. It also serves as a generic way to design polarization-dependent devices.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.114.103902 pmid:25815934 fatcat:eieaix6kwzgppo6crwfxmkwiw4