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Day December 16, 2013

Partially-PT-symmetric optical potentials with all-real spectra and soliton families in multi-dimensions

Jianke Yang

Multi-dimensional complex optical potentials with partial parity-time (PT) symmetry are proposed. The usual PT symmetry requires that the potential is invariant under complex conjugation and simultaneous reflection in all spatial directions. However, we show that if the potential is only partially PT-symmetric, i.e., it is invariant under complex conjugation and reflection in a single spatial direction, then it can also possess all-real spectra and continuous families of solitons. These results are established analytically and corroborated numerically.
Pattern Formation and Solitons (nlin.PS); Optics (physics.optics)