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Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference
Baltimore, Maryland United States
May 1-6, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55752-910-7
Discrete Optics and Periodic Structures (QThD)

Optical tachyons, broken PT-symmetry, and strain effects in photonic graphene

Alexander Szameit, Mikael C. Rechtsman, Omri Bahat-Treidel, and Moti Segev  »View Author Affiliations


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We demonstrate that optical tachyons, particles that travel faster than the speed of light, can be generated by PT-symmetry breaking in photonic graphene. We further show that the PT-symmetry can be restored via strain.

© 2011 OSA

OCIS Codes
(230.7370) Optical devices : Waveguides
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(160.1245) Materials : Artificially engineered materials

A. Szameit, M. C. Rechtsman, O. Bahat-Treidel, and M. Segev, "Optical tachyons, broken PT-symmetry, and strain effects in photonic graphene," in CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper QThD1.

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