A brief review of topological photonics in one, two, and three dimensions

Zhihao Lan, Menglin L.N. Chen, Fei Gao, Shuang Zhang, Wei E.I. Sha

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Topological photonics has attracted increasing attention in recent years due to the unique opportunities it provides to manipulate light in a robust way immune to disorder and defects. Up to now, diverse photonic platforms, rich physical mechanisms and fruitful device applications have been proposed for topological photonics, including one-way waveguide, topological lasing, topological nanocavity, Dirac and Weyl points, Fermi arcs, nodal lines, etc. In this review, we provide an introduction to the field of topological photonics through the lens of topological invariants and bulk-boundary correspondence in one, two, and three dimensions, which may not only offer a unified understanding about the underlying robustness of diverse and distinct topological phenomena of light, but could also inspire further developments by introducing new topological invariants and unconventional bulk-boundary correspondence to the research of topological photonics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100076
Pages (from-to)1-26
JournalReviews in Physics
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Fermi arc and nodal lines
  • Photonic quantum Hall states
  • Photonic quantum spin Hall states
  • Photonic quantum valley Hall states
  • Photonic second-order corner states
  • Photonic Su–Schrieffer–Heeger models
  • Photonic Weyl points
  • Topological photonics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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