Observation of bound states in Lieb photonic lattices

R.A. Vicencio, Camilo Cantillano, Luis Morales-Inostroza, Bastian Real, Steffen Weimann, Alexander Szameit and M.I. Molina


We present the first experimental demonstration of a new type of localized state in the continuum, namely, compacton-like linear states in flat-band lattices. To this end, we employ photonic Lieb lattices, which exhibit three tight-binding bands, with one being perfectly flat. Discrete predictions are confirmed by realistic continuous numerical simulations as well as by direct experiments. Our results could be of great importance for fundamental physics as well as for various applications where light needs to be conducted in a diffractionless and localized manner over long distances.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.245503