Volume 129, Number 4, February 2020
|Number of page(s)
|Electromagnetism, Optics, Acoustics, Heat Transfer, Classical Mechanics, and Fluid Dynamics
|30 March 2020
Structure-composition correspondence in crystalline metamaterials for acoustic valley-Hall effect and unidirectional sound guiding
1 ESPCI Paris, PSL University, CNRS, Institut Langevin - 1 rue Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France
2 Greenerwave, ESPCI Paris Incubator PC'up - 6 rue Jean Calvin, 75005 Paris, France
Received: 4 November 2019
Accepted: 3 March 2020
Recently, the domain of topological insulators in condensed matter physics has been teeming with intriguing and very exciting discoveries. Notably, the capacity of guiding currents towards specific directions according to the spin of the travelling electrons has a great potential for electronic devices. This new phenomenon has been transposed to the classical domain in electromagnetics and acoustics, unveiling the pseudo-spin locking of guided waves. However, these macroscopic analogues are photonic/phononic crystals which are intrinsically wavelength-scaled. In this work, we realize a genuine acoustic analogue of the valley-Hall effect in the audible regime using a lattice of soda cans. The crystalline description of this very simple metamaterial allows us to demonstrate experimentally the unidirectional excitation of sound guided at a scale much smaller than the wavelength of operation. These results not only open the tantalizing valley-topological phenomena to the audible regime but also allow to envision compact applications for acoustic manipulation.
PACS: 43.20.+g – General linear acoustics / 43.35.+d – Ultrasonics, quantum acoustics, and physical effects of sound
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