Weigert, S. orcid.org/0000-0002-6647-3252 (2003) PT-symmetry and its spontaneous breakdown explained by anti-linearity. Journal of Optics B: Quantum and Semiclassical Optics. S416-S419. ISSN 1464-4266
The impact of an anti-unitary symmetry on the spectrum of non-Hermitian operators is studied. Wigner's normal form of an anti-unitary operator accounts for the spectral properties of non-Hermitian, PE-symmetric Harniltonians. The occurrence of either single real or complex conjugate pairs of eigenvalues follows from this theory. The corresponding energy eigenstates span either one- or two-dimensional irreducible representations of the symmetry PE. In this framework, the concept of a spontaneously broken PE-symmetry is not needed.
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|Date Deposited:||22 Jun 2006|
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