Category Friedrich-Schiller Universitat Jena

Light transport in PT-invariant photonic structures with hidden symmetries

M.H. Teimourpour, R. El-Ganainy, A. Eisfeld, A. Szameit, D.N Christodoulides

We introduce a recursive bosonic quantization technique for generating classical PT photonic structures that possess hidden symmetries and higher order exceptional points. We study light transport in these geometries and we demonstrate that perfect state transfer is possible only for certain initial conditions. Moreover, we show that for the same propagation direction, left and right coherent transports are not symmetric with field amplitudes following two different trajectories. A general scheme for identifying the conservation laws in such PT-symmetric photonic networks is also presented.
Optics (physics.optics); Quantum Physics (quant-ph)

Quasi PT-symmetry in passive photonic lattices

Marco Ornigotti, Alexander Szameit

The concept of quasi-PT symmetry in optical wave guiding system is elaborated by comparing the evolution dynamics of a PT-symmetric directional coupler and a passive directional coupler. In particular we show that in the low loss regime, apart for an overall exponentially damping factor that can be compensated via a dynamical renormalization of the power flow in the system along the propagation direction, the dynamics of the passive coupler fully reproduce the one of the PT-symmetric system.

Optics (physics.optics)