Abstract

We present theoretical and numerical results for a new method of obtaining hotspots that relies on nonreciprocal “one-way” propagation as opposed to the well-known case of resonance-based hotspots. The nonreciprocal propagation is achieved by the breaking of time-reversal symmetry through the use of magnetically biased medium. The location and existence of the hotspots depends on the magnetic bias that results in the breaking of the time-reversal symmetry. This results in the intriguing possibility of switching and spatial control of the hotspots through the magnetic bias.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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