Experimental observation of the dual behavior of PT-symmetric scattering

Zin Lin, Joseph Schindler, Fred M. Ellis, Tsampikos Kottos

We investigate experimentally parity-time \({\cal PT}\) symmetric scattering using \(LRC\) circuits in an inductively coupled \({\cal PT}\)- symmetric pair connected to transmission line leads. In the single-lead case, the \({\cal PT}\)-symmetric circuit acts as a simple dual device – an amplifier or an absorber depending on the orientation of the lead. When a second lead is attached, the system exhibits unidirectional transparency for some characteristic frequencies. This non-reciprocal behavior is a consequence of generalized (non-unitary) conservation relations satisfied by the scattering matrix.

http://arxiv.org/abs/1205.2176
Mesoscale and Nanoscale Physics (cond-mat.mes-hall)

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