Abstract

We address the topological properties of one-dimensional plasmonic superlattices composed of alternating metallic and dielectric layers. We reveal that the Zak phase of such plasmonic lattices is determined by the sign of the spatial average of their permittivity, ε¯, and as such the topology and their associated interfacial (edge) states are extremely robust against structural disorder. Our study shows that the topologically protected interfacial modes occurring at the interface between two plasmonic lattices with opposite signs of ε¯ can be viewed as the generalization of the conventional surface plasmon polaritons existing at metallic–dielectric interfaces.

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