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Optical diodes in nonlinear structures with parity-time symmetries
Author(s): Hamidreza Ramezani; Zin Lin; Tsampikos Kottos; Demetrios N. Christodoulides
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Paper Abstract

We show that nonlinear optical structures involving a balanced gain-loss profile can act as optical diodes. This is made possible by exploiting the interplay between the fundamental symmetries of parity (P) and time (T), with optical nonlinear Kerr effects. This unidirectional propagation is demonstrated for the case of a PT -symmetric nonlinear coupler and a PT-symmetric Bragg grating.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8095, Active Photonic Materials IV, 80950L (12 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.893195
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Hamidreza Ramezani, Wesleyan Univ. (United States)
Zin Lin, Wesleyan Univ. (United States)
Tsampikos Kottos, Wesleyan Univ. (United States)
Demetrios N. Christodoulides, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8095:
Active Photonic Materials IV
Ganapathi S. Subramania; Stavroula Foteinopoulou, Editor(s)

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