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Title: Phonon quarters-wave loss
Authors: Xiong, G.
Yu, Z.
Wang, J.-S. 
Zhang, L. 
Keywords: Chiral phonon
Phonon transport
Reflected wave
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing
Citation: Xiong, G., Yu, Z., Wang, J.-S., Zhang, L. (2019). Phonon quarters-wave loss. New Journal of Physics 21 (9) : 93046. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: There has been a growing interest in the phase of phonon, due to the theoretical prediction (Phys. Rev. Lett. 115.11 (2015)) and the experimental observation (Science 359.6379 (2018)) of chiral phonons, which have different phases in different components. While half-wave loss is a well-known concept in optics, in this work, a series of plateaus of quarters-wave loss are first found for the reflected phonon across an interface by using an atomic junction model. These plateaus can be understood by the S-matrix in the system with time-reversal symmetry. If a phonon wave propagates from a low acoustic-impedance material (or a low cutoff frequency material) to a higher one in the long-wave limit (or in the high frequency limit), a half-wave loss takes place for the reflected phonon; however, the plateau of half-wave loss for reflected phonon occurs in the whole frequency domain if phonon transfers to a material with a larger spring constant. Besides the half-wave loss, we also observe plateaus of quarter-wave (three-quarters-wave) loss in long wave limit when the two leads with identical acoustic impedance are coupled by a weak (strong) coupling in comparison with the optimum thermal coupling. The quarters-wave loss for phonons can be applied to chiral phonon manipulation and other phononics devices. © 2019 The Author(s). Published by IOP Publishing Ltd on behalf of the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft.
Source Title: New Journal of Physics
ISSN: 1367-2630
DOI: 10.1088/1367-2630/ab4330
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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