Eva-Maria Graefe

Department of Mathematics, Imperial College London


A non-Hermitian PT-symmetric kicked top


Mathematical Physics Seminar


15th May 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online seminar, BlueJeans ID 824 425 027


A non-Hermitian PT-symmetric version of the kicked top is introduced to study the interplay of quantum chaos with balanced loss and gain. The classical dynamics arising from the quantum dynamics of the angular momentum expectation values are derived. It is demonstrated that the presence of PT-symmetry can lead to ''stable'' mixed regular chaotic behaviour without sinks or sources for subcritical values of the gain-loss parameter. For large values of the kicking strength a strange attractor is observed that also persists if PT-symmetry is broken. Classical structures are also identified in the quantum dynamics. Finally, some of the statistics of the eigenvalues of the quantum system are analysed.





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