Sukhorukov, Andrey; Xu, Zhiyong; Kivshar, Yuri
We reveal a generic connection between the effect of time reversals and nonlinear wave dynamics in systems with parity-time (PT) symmetry, considering a symmetric optical coupler with balanced gain and loss where these effects can be directly observed experimentally. We show that for intensities below a threshold level, the amplitudes oscillate between the waveguides, and the effects of gain and loss are exactly compensated after each period due to periodic time reversals. For intensities above...[Show more]
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