Non-Abelian gauge field in optics

Qiuchen Yan, Zhihao Wang, Dongyi Wang, Rui Ma, Cuicui Lu, Guancong Ma, Xiaoyong Hu*, Qihuang Gong

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Non-Abelian optics has emerged as a promising research field with the potential to revolutionize our understanding of light-matter interactions and enable new applications in areas including topological photonic devices, quantum computing, optical sensing, and communications. This review provides an overall framework for the rapidly developing field of non-Abelian properties in optics, including the basic concepts of non-Abelian optics, the physical mechanism of non-Abelian statistics, the non-Abelian gauge field in optics, non-Abelian braiding in optics as a special phenomenon of the non-Abelian gauge field, and current challenges and opportunities. This review is intended to provide a new perspective on non-Abelian optics, summarize the current status and advanced progress in non-Abelian gauge fields and braiding in optics, and stimulate dialog about future perspectives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)907-976
Number of pages70
JournalAdvances in Optics and Photonics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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