Designing Modes in Disordered Photonic Structures

Sunkyu Yu, Xianji Piao, Namkyoo Park

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In this chapter, we introduce the inverse design of disordered photonic structures with the target modal response. Starting from the concept of metadisorder, which is defined by order-random interactions in the multivariable parameter space, we discuss the realization of anomalous wave transport and localization in photonic structures as an example of the independent control of wave quantities. As a generalization of this approach, we introduce the concept of Bohmian photonics inspired by the alternative interpretation of quantum mechanics, which enables independent control of the amplitude and phase information of light. Various practical applications of Bohmian photonics, including optical phase trapping, phase-conserved energy confinement and annihilation, and constant-intensity wave transport, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringerBriefs in Physics
PublisherSpringer VS
Number of pages35
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameSpringerBriefs in Physics
VolumePart F893
ISSN (Print)2191-5423
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5431


  • Anderson localization
  • Bohmian photonics
  • Chirality
  • Cloaking
  • Coupled resonators
  • Metadisorder
  • Non-Hermitian photonics
  • Parity-time symmetry
  • Wave transport


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