Abstract

We show that periodic multilayer structures with parity-time (PT) symmetries imposed by a balanced arrangement of gain and loss can exhibit anisotropic reflection oscillation patterns as the number of unit-cells is increasing. At the minima of reflection oscillation patterns, the PT symmetric medium exhibits bidirectional transparency with the eigenvalues of the scattering matrix degenerated, where the PT symmetric set-up can still render directional responses due to the one-way field localization inside the system. With certain number of unit-cells, the PT symmetric crystal is unidirectionally invisible. More complicated reflection/transmission oscillations can be observed by segregating neighboring unit-cells with a uniform dielectric layer. Our results may pave the way towards a new class of functional optical devices with intriguing and unexpected directional responses.

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2013 (2)

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2012 (5)

J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
[CrossRef]

H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

L. Ge, Y. D. Chong, and A. D. Stone, “Conservation relations and anisotropic transmission resonances in one-dimensional PT-symmetric photonic heterostructures,” Phys. Rev. A 85(2), 023802 (2012).
[CrossRef]

2011 (3)

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, and A. D. Stone, “PT-symmetry breaking and laser-absorber modes in optical scattering systems,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(9), 093902 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

S. Longhi, “Invisibility in PT-symmetric complex crystals,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44(48), 485302 (2011).
[CrossRef]

2010 (3)

H. Ramezani, T. Kottos, R. El-Ganainy, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional nonlinear PT-symmetric optical structures,” Phys. Rev. A 82(4), 043803 (2010).
[CrossRef]

S. Longhi, “PT-symmetric laser absorber,” Phys. Rev. A 82(3), 031801 (2010).
[CrossRef]

C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
[CrossRef]

2009 (1)

A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

2005 (1)

C. Y. Qiu, Z. Y. Liu, J. Mei, and M. Z. Ke, “The layer multiple-scattering method for calculating transmission coefficiencts for 2D phononic crystals,” Solid State Commun. 134(11), 765–770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (1)

1998 (1)

C. M. Bender and S. Böttcher, “Real spectra in non-Hermitian Hamiltonians having PT symmetry,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 80(24), 5243–5246 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Aimez, V.

A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Almeida, V. R.

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bender, C. M.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

C. M. Bender and S. Böttcher, “Real spectra in non-Hermitian Hamiltonians having PT symmetry,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 80(24), 5243–5246 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Bender, N.

F. Nazari, N. Bender, H. Ramezani, M. K. Moravvej-Farshi, D. N. Christodoulides, and T. Kottos, “Optical isolation via PT-symmetric nonlinear Fano resonances,” Opt. Express 22(8), 9574–9584 (2014).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Bersch, C.

A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, “Parity-time synthetic photonic lattices,” Nature 488(7410), 167–171 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Bodyfelt, J. D.

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Böttcher, S.

C. M. Bender and S. Böttcher, “Real spectra in non-Hermitian Hamiltonians having PT symmetry,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 80(24), 5243–5246 (1998).
[CrossRef]

Cao, H.

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chen, Y. F.

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Chong, Y. D.

L. Ge, Y. D. Chong, and A. D. Stone, “Conservation relations and anisotropic transmission resonances in one-dimensional PT-symmetric photonic heterostructures,” Phys. Rev. A 85(2), 023802 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, and A. D. Stone, “PT-symmetry breaking and laser-absorber modes in optical scattering systems,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(9), 093902 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Christodoulides, D. N.

F. Nazari, N. Bender, H. Ramezani, M. K. Moravvej-Farshi, D. N. Christodoulides, and T. Kottos, “Optical isolation via PT-symmetric nonlinear Fano resonances,” Opt. Express 22(8), 9574–9584 (2014).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, “Parity-time synthetic photonic lattices,” Nature 488(7410), 167–171 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Ramezani, T. Kottos, R. El-Ganainy, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional nonlinear PT-symmetric optical structures,” Phys. Rev. A 82(4), 043803 (2010).
[CrossRef]

C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
[CrossRef]

A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Duchesne, D.

A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Eichelkraut, T.

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

El-Ganainy, R.

C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
[CrossRef]

H. Ramezani, T. Kottos, R. El-Ganainy, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional nonlinear PT-symmetric optical structures,” Phys. Rev. A 82(4), 043803 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Ellis, F. M.

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Factor, S.

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

Fainman, Y.

Fan, S. H.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Fegadolli, W. S.

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Feng, L.

Ge, L.

L. Ge, Y. D. Chong, and A. D. Stone, “Conservation relations and anisotropic transmission resonances in one-dimensional PT-symmetric photonic heterostructures,” Phys. Rev. A 85(2), 023802 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Y. D. Chong, L. Ge, and A. D. Stone, “PT-symmetry breaking and laser-absorber modes in optical scattering systems,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(9), 093902 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Gianfreda, M.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Guo, A.

A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Ke, M. Z.

C. Y. Qiu, Z. Y. Liu, J. Mei, and M. Z. Ke, “The layer multiple-scattering method for calculating transmission coefficiencts for 2D phononic crystals,” Solid State Commun. 134(11), 765–770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Kip, D.

C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kottos, T.

F. Nazari, N. Bender, H. Ramezani, M. K. Moravvej-Farshi, D. N. Christodoulides, and T. Kottos, “Optical isolation via PT-symmetric nonlinear Fano resonances,” Opt. Express 22(8), 9574–9584 (2014).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
[CrossRef]

J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
[CrossRef]

H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

H. Ramezani, T. Kottos, R. El-Ganainy, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional nonlinear PT-symmetric optical structures,” Phys. Rev. A 82(4), 043803 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Kovanis, V.

H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Lee, J. M.

J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Lei, F.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Lin, Z.

J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
[CrossRef]

Z. Lin, H. Ramezani, T. Eichelkraut, T. Kottos, H. Cao, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional invisibility induced by PT-symmetric periodic structures,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 106(21), 213901 (2011).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Liu, Z. Y.

C. Y. Qiu, Z. Y. Liu, J. Mei, and M. Z. Ke, “The layer multiple-scattering method for calculating transmission coefficiencts for 2D phononic crystals,” Solid State Commun. 134(11), 765–770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Long, G. L.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Longhi, S.

S. Longhi, “Invisibility in PT-symmetric complex crystals,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44(48), 485302 (2011).
[CrossRef]

S. Longhi, “PT-symmetric laser absorber,” Phys. Rev. A 82(3), 031801 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Lu, M. H.

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Makris, K. G.

C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
[CrossRef]

Mei, J.

C. Y. Qiu, Z. Y. Liu, J. Mei, and M. Z. Ke, “The layer multiple-scattering method for calculating transmission coefficiencts for 2D phononic crystals,” Solid State Commun. 134(11), 765–770 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Miri, M. A.

A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, “Parity-time synthetic photonic lattices,” Nature 488(7410), 167–171 (2012).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Monifi, F.

B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
[CrossRef]

Morandotti, R.

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A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, “Parity-time synthetic photonic lattices,” Nature 488(7410), 167–171 (2012).
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A. Guo, G. J. Salamo, D. Duchesne, R. Morandotti, M. Volatier-Ravat, V. Aimez, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Observation of PT-symmetry breaking in complex optical potentials,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 103(9), 093902 (2009).
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L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
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J. Schindler, Z. Lin, J. M. Lee, H. Ramezani, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric electronics,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 45(44), 444029 (2012).
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Vitebskiy, I.

H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
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B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
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D. G. Zhao, Y. T. Ye, S. J. Xu, X. F. Zhu, and L. Yi, “Broadband and wide-angle negative reflection at a phononic crystal boundary,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104(4), 043503 (2014).
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D. G. Zhao, Y. T. Ye, S. J. Xu, X. F. Zhu, and L. Yi, “Broadband and wide-angle negative reflection at a phononic crystal boundary,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104(4), 043503 (2014).
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D. G. Zhao, Y. T. Ye, S. J. Xu, X. F. Zhu, and L. Yi, “Broadband and wide-angle negative reflection at a phononic crystal boundary,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104(4), 043503 (2014).
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D. G. Zhao, Y. T. Ye, S. J. Xu, X. F. Zhu, and L. Yi, “Broadband and wide-angle negative reflection at a phononic crystal boundary,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104(4), 043503 (2014).
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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

D. G. Zhao, Y. T. Ye, S. J. Xu, X. F. Zhu, and L. Yi, “Broadband and wide-angle negative reflection at a phononic crystal boundary,” Appl. Phys. Lett. 104(4), 043503 (2014).
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S. Longhi, “Invisibility in PT-symmetric complex crystals,” J. Phys. A: Math. Theor. 44(48), 485302 (2011).
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[CrossRef]

Nat. Mater. (1)

L. Feng, Y. L. Xu, W. S. Fegadolli, M. H. Lu, J. E. B. Oliveira, V. R. Almeida, Y. F. Chen, and A. Scherer, “Experimental demonstration of a unidirectional reflectionless parity-time metamaterial at optical frequencies,” Nat. Mater. 12(2), 108–113 (2012).
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B. Peng, S. K. Özdemir, F. Lei, F. Monifi, M. Gianfreda, G. L. Long, S. H. Fan, F. Nori, C. M. Bender, and L. Yang, “Parity-time-symmetric whispering-gallery microcavities,” Nat. Phys. 10(5), 394–398 (2014).
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C. E. Rüter, K. G. Makris, R. El-Ganainy, D. N. Christodoulides, M. Segev, and D. Kip, “Observation of parity-time symmetry in optics,” Nat. Phys. 6(3), 192–195 (2010).
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A. Regensburger, C. Bersch, M. A. Miri, G. Onishchukov, D. N. Christodoulides, and U. Peschel, “Parity-time synthetic photonic lattices,” Nature 488(7410), 167–171 (2012).
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L. Ge, Y. D. Chong, and A. D. Stone, “Conservation relations and anisotropic transmission resonances in one-dimensional PT-symmetric photonic heterostructures,” Phys. Rev. A 85(2), 023802 (2012).
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S. Longhi, “PT-symmetric laser absorber,” Phys. Rev. A 82(3), 031801 (2010).
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H. Ramezani, T. Kottos, R. El-Ganainy, and D. N. Christodoulides, “Unidirectional nonlinear PT-symmetric optical structures,” Phys. Rev. A 82(4), 043803 (2010).
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N. Bender, S. Factor, J. D. Bodyfelt, H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, F. M. Ellis, and T. Kottos, “Observation of asymmetric transport in structures with active nonlinearities,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 110(23), 234101 (2013).
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H. Ramezani, D. N. Christodoulides, V. Kovanis, I. Vitebskiy, and T. Kottos, “PT-symmetric Talbot effects,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 109(3), 033902 (2012).
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Figures (9)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Schematic diagram of PT symmetric complex crystals. Both real part (blue solid line) and imaginary part (red dashed line) of refractive index have rectangular modulations of equivalent amplitudes, where the modulations differ in phase by π/2.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Plots of a = (m11 + m22)/2 (blue solid line) and –cos(π/(11/9(n0n)2)) (red dashed line) versus Δn/n0, where 0≤Δn/n0≤0.15.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Left-side reflectance, (b) right-side reflectance, and (c) transmittance in a rectangular PT symmetric crystal for n0 = 3, Δn = 0.2 and L = λ/(2n0). The number of unit-cells N is increasing from 1 to 800.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

The amplitude of electric field E distribution for the light propagating (a) from the left and (b) from the right through the rectangular PT symmetric crystal with the number of unit-cells N = 275.

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

The absolute of eigenvalues of scattering matrix for the PT symmetric crystal with the number of unit-cells N increasing (a) from 1 to 800 and (b) from 250 to 300, respectively.

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

The amplitude of electric field E distribution for the light propagating (a) from the left and (b) from the right through the rectangular PT symmetric crystal with the number of unit-cells N = 269.

Fig. 7
Fig. 7

The difference between the phases of transmitted waves propagating through the PT symmetric crystal and through a homogeneous background medium with the same length of scattering system, with the number of unit-cells N increasing from 1 to 800.

Fig. 8
Fig. 8

Plots of a = (m11 + m22)/2 (blue solid line) and –cos(π/(11/9(n0n)2) + ηπ/(4 + 0.003sin(ηπ/4))) (red dashed line) versus η, where L5 = λη/(8n0) as shown in the inlet is the length of a dielectric layer inserted between neighboring unit-cells.

Fig. 9
Fig. 9

(a) Left-side reflectance, (b) right-side reflectance, and (c) transmittance in a rectangular PT symmetric crystal with a dielectric layer [L5 = λ/(8n0)] inserted between neighboring unit-cells (system I). (d) Left-side reflectance, (e) right-side reflectance, and (f) transmittance in a rectangular PT symmetric crystal with a dielectric layer [L5 = λ/(4n0)] inserted between neighboring unit-cells (system II). The number of unit-cells N is increasing from 1 to 500.

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M j ( L j )=[ m 11 m 12 m 21 m 22 ]=[ cos( k 0 n j L j ) i n j sin( k 0 n j L j ) i n j sin( k 0 n j L j ) cos( k 0 n j L j ) ],
[M(L)] N =[ m 11 u N1 (a) u N2 (a) m 12 u N1 (a) m 21 u N1 (a) m 22 u N1 (a) u N2 (a) ]
u N (a)= sin((N+1) cos 1 a) 1 a 2 .
u N (a) sin( ( N+1 )( 1 1 P )π ) π P ,
M 11 m 11 sin( N( P1 ) π P ) π P sin( ( N1 )( P1 ) π P ) π P , M 12 m 12 sin( N( P1 ) π P ) π P , M 21 m 21 sin( N( P1 ) π P ) π P , M 22 m 22 sin( N( P1 ) π P ) π P sin( ( N1 )( P1 ) π P ) π P .
r L = ( M 11 + M 12 n 0 ) n 0 ( M 21 + M 22 n 0 ) ( M 11 + M 12 n 0 ) n 0 +( M 21 + M 22 n 0 ) , t= 2 n 0 ( M 11 + M 12 n 0 ) n 0 +( M 21 + M 22 n 0 ) .
m 11 m 11 , m 22 m 22 ,
λ 1,2 = r L + r R ±i (2it) 2 ( r L r R ) 2 2 , with | λ 1 || λ 2 |=1.
R L R R =|T1|,
acos( π 11 9 ( n 0 Δn ) 2 + ηπ 4+0.003sin( ηπ 4 ) ),

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