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Title: Non-diffracting states at exceptional points

We propose to use exceptional points (EPs) to construct diffraction-free beam propagation and localized power oscillation in lattices. We specifically consider two systems to utilize EPs for diffraction-free beam propagation, one in synthetic gauge lattices and the other in unidirectionally coupled resonators where each resonator individually is capable of creating orbital angular momentum (OAM) beams. In the second system, we introduce the concept of robust and tunable OAM beam propagation in discrete lattices. We show that one can create robust OAM beams in an arbitrary number of sites of a photonic lattice. Furthermore, we report power oscillation at the EP of a non-Hermitian lattice. Our research widens the study and application of EPs in different photonic systems including OAM beams and their associated dynamics in discrete lattices.

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Optical Society of America
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Optics Letters
0146-9592; OPLEDP
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Article No. 765
Medium: X
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National Science Foundation
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