On the observability and asymmetry of adiabatic state flips generated by exceptional points

Citation:

R. Uzdin, N. Moiseyev, and A. Mailybaev. 2011. “On the observability and asymmetry of adiabatic state flips generated by exceptional points.” Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 44, Pp. 435302. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

In open quantum systems where the effective Hamiltonian is not Hermitian, it is known that the adiabatic (or instantaneous) basis can be multivalued: by adiabatically transporting an eigenstate along a closed loop in the parameter space of the Hamiltonian, it is possible to end up in an eigenstate different from the initial eigenstate. This 'adiabatic flip' effect is an outcome of the appearance of a degeneracy known as an 'exceptional point' inside the loop. We show that contrary to what is expected of the transport properties of the eigenstate basis, the interplay between gain/loss and non-adiabatic couplings imposes fundamental limitations on the observability of this adiabatic flip effect.
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