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Day July 11, 2013

On the integrability of PT-symmetric dimers

J. Pickton, H. Susanto

The coupled discrete linear and Kerr nonlinear Schrodinger equations with gain and loss describing transport on dimers with parity-time (PT) symmetric potentials are considered. The model is relevant among others to experiments in optical couplers and proposals on Bose-Einstein condensates in PT symmetric double-well potentials. It is shown that the models are integrable. A pendulum equation with a linear potential and a constant force for the phase-difference between the fields is obtained, which explains the presence of unbounded solutions above a critical threshold parameter.

Optics (physics.optics); Quantum Gases (cond-mat.quant-gas); Exactly Solvable and Integrable Systems (nlin.SI)

PT Symmetry via Electromagnetically Induced Transparency

Huijun Li, Jianpeng Dou, Jinjin Yang, Guoxiang Huang

We propose a scheme to realize parity-time (\(\mathcal{PT}\)) symmetry via electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). The system we consider is an ensemble of cold four-level atoms with an EIT core. We show that the cross-phase modulation contributed by an assisted field, the optical lattice potential provided by a far-detuned laser field, and the optical gain resulted from an incoherent pumping can be used to construct a \(\mathcal{PT}\)-symmetric complex optical potential for probe field propagation in a controllable way. Comparing with previous study, the present scheme uses only a single atomic species and hence is easy for the physical realization of \(\mathcal{PT}\)-symmetric Hamiltonian via atomic coherence.

Quantum Physics (quant-ph)