It is well known that waves incident upon a crystal are transported only over a limited distance - the Bragg length - before being reflected by Bragg interference. Here, we demonstrate how to send waves much deeper into crystals, by studying light in exemplary two-dimensional silicon photonic crystals. By spatially shaping the optical wavefronts, we observe that the intensity of laterally scattered light, that probes the internal energy density, is enhanced at a tunable distance away from the front surface. The intensity is up to $100 \times$ enhanced compared to random wavefronts and extends as far as $8 \times$ the Bragg length. Our novel steering of waves inside a forbidden gap exploits the transport channels induced by unavoidable deviations from perfect periodicity, here unavoidable fabrication deviations.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Jul 2020|