Surface bound states in the continuum

Phys Rev Lett. 2012 Feb 17;108(7):070401. doi: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.108.070401. Epub 2012 Feb 13.


We introduce a novel concept of surface bound states in the continuum, i.e., surface modes embedded into the linear spectral band of a discrete lattice. We suggest an efficient method for creating such surface modes and the local bounded potential necessary to support the embedded modes. We demonstrate that the surface embedded modes are structurally stable, and the position of their eigenvalues inside the spectral band can be tuned continuously by adding weak nonlinearity.