Quasi PT-symmetry in passive photonic lattices

Research paper by Marco Ornigotti, Alexander Szameit

Indexed on: 16 Jan '14Published on: 16 Jan '14Published in: Physics - Optics


The concept of quasi-PT symmetry in optical wave guiding system is elaborated by comparing the evolution dynamics of a PT-symmetric directional coupler and a passive directional coupler. In particular we show that in the low loss regime, apart for an overall exponentially damping factor that can be compensated via a dynamical renormalization of the power flow in the system along the propagation direction, the dynamics of the passive coupler fully reproduce the one of the PT-symmetric system.