Topological manipulation of sound has recently been a hot spot in acoustics due to the fascinating property of defect immune transport. To the best of our knowledge, the studies on one-dimensional (1D) topological acoustic systems hitherto mainly focus on the case of the Su-Schrieffer-Heeger model. Here, we show that topologically protected bound states may also exist in 1D periodically modulated acoustic waveguide systems, viz., 1D Floquet topological insulators. The results show that tuning the coupling strength in a waveguide lattice could trigger topological phase transition, which gives rise to topologically protected interface states as we put together two waveguide lattices featured with different topological phases or winding numbers. However, for the combined lattice, input at the waveguides other than the interfacial ones will excite bulk states. We have further verified the robustness of interface bound states against the variation of coupling strengths between the two distinct waveguide lattices. This work extends the scope of topological acoustics and may promote potential applications for acoustic devices with topological functionalities.
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Research Article| February 28 2018
Topologically protected bound states in one-dimensional Floquet acoustic waveguide systems
Special Collection: Acoustic Metamaterials and Metasurfaces
Yu-Gui Peng, Zhi-Guo Geng, Xue-Feng Zhu; Topologically protected bound states in one-dimensional Floquet acoustic waveguide systems. J. Appl. Phys. 7 March 2018; 123 (9): 091716. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5010830
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