Superscattering Emerging from the Physics of Bound States in the Continuum
Nature Communications 2023
Adria Canos Valera, Hadi Shamki, Anton Kupriianov, Thomas Weiss, Alexander Pavlov, Dmitrii Redka, Vjačeslavs Bobrovs, Yuri Kivshar, Aleksandr Shalin

We study the Mie-like scattering from an open subwavelength resonator made of a high-index dielectric material, when its parameters are tuned to the regime of interfering resonances. We uncover a novel mechanism of superscattering, closely linked to strong coupling of the resonant modes and described by the physics of bound states in the continuum (BICs). We demonstrate that the enhanced scattering occurs due to constructive interference described by the Friedrich-Wintgen mechanism of interfering resonances, allowing to push the scattering cross section of a multipole resonance beyond the currently established limit. We develop a general non-Hermitian model to describe interfering resonances of the quasi-normal modes, and study subwavelength dielectric nonspherical resonators exhibiting avoided crossing resonances associated with quasi-BIC states. We confirm our theoretical findings by a scattering experiment conducted in the microwave frequency range. Our results reveal a new strategy to boost scattering from non-Hermitian systems, suggesting important implications for metadevices.


Canos Valera, A., Shamki, H., Kupriianov, A., Weiss, T., Pavlov, A., Redka, D., Bobrovs, V., Kivshar, Y., Shalin, A. Superscattering Emerging from the Physics of Bound States in the Continuum. Nature Communications, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 1, Article number 4689. ISSN 2041-1723. Available from: doi:10.1038/s41467-023-40382-y

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