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PT symmetry breaking in the presence of random, periodic, long-range hopping
Author(s): Andrew K. Harter; Franck Assogba Onanga; Yogesh N. Joglekar
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Paper Abstract

Over the past five years, open systems with balanced gain and loss have been investigated for extraordinary properties that are not shared by their closed counterparts. Non-Hermitian, Parity-Time (PT ) symmetric Hamiltonians faithfully model such systems. Such a Hamiltonian typically consists of a reflection-symmetric, Hermitian, nearest-neighbor hopping profile and a PT-symmetric, non-Hermitian, gain and loss potential, and has a robust PT -symmetric phase. Here we investigate the robustness of this phase in the presence of long-range hopping disorder that is not PT-symmetric, but is periodic. We find that the PT-symmetric phase remains robust in the presence of such disorder, and characterize the configurations where that happens. Our results are found using a tight-binding model, and we validate our predictions through the beam-propagation method.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9920, Active Photonic Materials VIII, 99201O (16 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2239527
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Andrew K. Harter, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)
Franck Assogba Onanga, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)
Yogesh N. Joglekar, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ. Indianapolis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9920:
Active Photonic Materials VIII
Ganapathi S. Subramania; Stavroula Foteinopoulou, Editor(s)

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