Nonlinear dynamics in PT-symmetric lattices

Panayotis G. Kevrekidis, Dmitry E. Pelinovsky, Dmitry Y.Tyugin

We consider nonlinear dynamics in a finite parity-time-symmetric chain of the discrete nonlinear Schrodinger (dNLS) type. We work in the range of the gain and loss coefficient when the zero equilibrium state is neutrally stable. We prove that the solutions of the dNLS equation do not blow up in a finite time and the trajectories starting with small initial data remain bounded for all times. Nevertheless, for arbitrary values of the gain and loss parameter, there exist trajectories starting with large initial data that grow exponentially fast for larger times with a rate that is rigorously identified. Numerical computations illustrate these analytical results for dimers and quadrimers.
Exactly Solvable and Integrable Systems (nlin.SI); Mathematical Physics (math-ph)

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