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Discrete flat-band solitons in the kagome lattice

Rodrigo A. Vicencio and Magnus Johansson

PHYSICAL REVIEW A 87 , 061803(R) (2013)

We consider a model for a two-dimensional kagome lattice with defocusing nonlinearity, and show that families of localized discrete solitons may bifurcate from localized linear modes of the flat band with zero power threshold. Each family of such fundamental nonlinear modes corresponds to a unique configuration in the strong-nonlinearity limit. By choosing well-tuned dynamical perturbations, small-amplitude, strongly localized solutions from different families may be switched into each other, as well as moved between different lattice positions. In a window of small power, the lowest-energy state is a symmetry-broken localized state, which may appear spontaneously.

Fig. 1(b) in the paper was included in the PRA Kaleidoscope.


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