Robust temporal pumping in a magneto-mechanical topological insulator

Inbar Hotzen Grinberg, Mao Lin, Cameron Harris, Wladimir A. Benalcazar, Christopher W. Peterson, Taylor L. Hughes, Gaurav Bahl

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The transport of energy through 1-dimensional (1D) waveguiding channels can be affected by sub-wavelength disorder, resulting in undesirable localization and backscattering phenomena. However, quantized disorder-resilient transport is observable in the edge currents of 2-dimensional (2D) topological band insulators with broken time-reversal symmetry. Topological pumps are able to reduce this higher-dimensional topological insulator phenomena to lower dimensionality by utilizing a pumping parameter (either space or time) as an artificial dimension. Here we demonstrate a temporal topological pump that produces on-demand, robust transport of mechanical energy using a 1D magneto-mechanical metamaterial. We experimentally demonstrate that the system is uniquely resilient to defects occurring in both space and time. Our findings open a path towards exploration of higher-dimensional topological physics with time as a synthetic dimension.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number974
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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