We present a cluster coherent potential approach for disordered photonic crystals (PhCs) that is based on maximally localized Wannier functions. In particular, the Wannier basis facilitates an efficient representation of the photonic band structure of a defect-free PhC and the Green’s function thereof, which we discuss first. Moreover, the Wannier basis allows for adapting elaborate approaches developed for the analysis of disorder in electronic and phononic systems to PhCs.
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