Thursday, July 19, 201210:00 AM - 11:00 AMCNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)|
Systems with balanced loss and gain: PT-symmetric lattices
Yogesh N. JoglekarIUPUI
A non-Hermitian Hamiltonian that is invariant under the combined parity and time-reversal operations is called PT-symmetric. It has a purely real eigenvalues over a range of parameters, and the emergence of complex eigenvalues is called PT-symmetry breaking. In the past three years, it has become clear that far from being a mathematical curiosity, PT-symmetric Hamiltonians can model diverse systems - optical waveguide lattices, coupled LCR circuits, coupled pendulums - with balanced loss and gain. In this talk, I will discuss properties of a tight-biding lattice with PT-symmetric, source and sink impurities, and periodic or open boundary conditions. I will show that the PT-symmetry breaking is accompanied by dramatic, tunable signatures in site-dependent intensity, and a ubiquitous maximum in the transverse momentum at the PT-symmetric threshold. I will discuss the implications of our predictions, and the briefly mention the ongoing work and open questions.
Host: Avadh Saxena