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Axisymmetric photonic structures with PT-symmetry
Author(s): Waqas W. Ahmed; Ramon Herrero; Muriel Botey; Kestutis Staliunas
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Paper Abstract

PT-symmetric structures in photonic crystals, combining refractive index and gain-loss modulations is becoming a research field with increasing interest due to the light directionality induced by these particular potentials. Here, we consider PT-symmetric potentials with axial symmetry to direct light to the crystal central point obtaining a localization effect. The axial and PT-symmetric potential intrinsically generates an exceptional central point in the photonic crystal by the merge of both symmetries. This particular point in the crystal lattice causes field amplitude gradients with exponential slopes around the crystal center. The field localization strongly depends on the phase of the central point and on the complex amplitude of the PT-potential. The presented work analyzes in a first stage 1D linear PT-axisymmetric crystals and the role of the central point phase that determines the defect character, i.e. refractive index defect, gain-loss defect or a combination of both. The interplay of the directional light effect induced by the PT-symmetry and the light localization around the central point through the axial symmetry enhances localization and allows higher field concentration for certain phases. The linearity of the studied crystals introduces an exponential growth of the field that mainly depends on the complex amplitude of the potential. The work is completed by the analysis of 2D PT-axisymmetric potentials showing different spatial slopes and growth rates caused by symmetry reasons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9920, Active Photonic Materials VIII, 99201U (16 September 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2239122
Show Author Affiliations
Waqas W. Ahmed, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Ramon Herrero, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Muriel Botey, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Kestutis Staliunas, Univ. Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (Spain)

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

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