Abstract

Anyons are nonlocal quasi-particles carrying fractional statistics that interpolate between bosons and fermions. Here we propose a photonic realization of anyons moving on a one-dimensional lattice, which is based on light transport in an engineered square array of optical waveguides with a helically bent axis. Our photonic simulator enables visualization of the nonlocal nature of anyons in Fock space and the persistence of correlated tunneling even in the absence of particle interaction.

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