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Non-Hermitian Quantum Wave Engineering

Objective

The concept of parity-time (PT)-symmetry is extensively studied now owing to the ubiquitous applications within the fields of optics, photonics, and plasmonics. Among the many recent developments in PT-systems, the application of pseudo-Hermitian ideas not only promises a new generation of photonic and plasmonic components such as lasers, spasers, modulators, waveguides, and detectors, but also opens new avenues for innovative electronics architectures for signal manipulation from integrated circuits to antenna arrays, and allows for direct contact with cutting edge technological problems appearing in (nano)-antenna theory, split-ring resonator arrays, and metamaterials. More recently, potential applications have also been proposed in connection with magnetic and acoustic structures.
The research activity we propose to carry out is focused on the theoretical and experimental study of the relation between the phase transitions in condensed matter physics and in photonics. The analogies between these two different fields will be crucial for the generation of novel optical devices that operate around exceptional points (EP).
To address these problems, our project NHQWAVE (Non-Hermitian Quantum WAVe Engineering) will build up a team of researchers with a broad set of skills and abilities specializing in the theoretical and experimental investigation of pseudo-Hermitian systems enabling them to explore and develop new concepts and technologies. The project will be carried out by several groups in four countries with a broad range of expertise in quantum physics and optics. The proposed research activities focus on the following five topics of current interest: Symmetry breaking and exceptional points in complex lasers, superconducting quantum metamaterials, asymmetric wave and topological phenomena in non-hermitian lattices, computational methods for non-hermitian optics, as well as nonlinearity and non-hermiticity in complex photonic media.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/condensed matter physics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/quantum physics
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

PANEPISTIMIO KRITIS
Address
University Campus Gallos
74100 Rethimno
Greece
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 216 000

Participants (2)

TECHNION - ISRAEL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 216 000
Address
Senate Building Technion City
32000 Haifa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 216 000
Address
Karlsplatz 13
1040 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (5)

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
United States
Address
Central Florida Blvd 4000
32816 Orlando
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
YALE UNIVERSITY
United States
Address
Whitney Avenue 155 Room 214
06520 8337 New Haven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
The Pennsylvania State University
United States
Address
Technology Center Bldg. 110
16802 University Park
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Washington University in St.Louis
United States
Address
Office Of Sponsored Research Services -One Brookings Drive
MO 63130-4899 St Louis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE
United States
Address
Massachusetts Avenue 1350
02138 Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments