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IQIM Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Seminar

Friday, May 10, 2019
3:00pm to 4:00pm
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East Bridge 114
PT-symmetry breaking in microscopic gain-loss systems
Peter Rabl, Assistant Professor, Theoretical Quantum Optics (TQO), TU Wien,

Note: this is a special IQIM seminar beginning at 3 pm on May 10.

Abstract: The phenomenon of PT (parity and time reversal) symmetry breaking is associated with a sudden change in the complex mode spectrum of (classical) non-Hermitian systems with gain and loss and marks a transition from a purely oscillatory to an exponentially amplified dynamical regime. In this talk I will discuss the generalization of this concept to steady states of open quantum systems, such as coupled mechanical resonators or dissipative spins. Specifically, I will illustrate the influence of symmetry-breaking effects on the energy transport through a microscopic power grid and how it explains the non-equilibrium magnetic phases in spin systems subjected to both gain and loss.

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