Gain–loss-driven travelling waves in PT-symmetric nonlinear metamaterials

M. Agaoglou, M. Fečkan, M. Pospíšil, V. M. Rothos, H. Susanto

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In this work we investigate a one-dimensional parity-time (PT)-symmetric magnetic metamaterial consisting of split-ring dimers having gain or loss. Employing a Melnikov analysis we study the existence of localized travelling waves, i.e. homoclinic or heteroclinic solutions. We find conditions under which the homoclinic or heteroclinic orbits persist. Our analytical results are found to be in good agreement with direct numerical computations. For the particular nonlinearity admitting travelling kinks, numerically we observe homoclinic snaking in the bifurcation diagram. The Melnikov analysis yields a good approximation to one of the boundaries of the snaking profile.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)9-18
Number of pages10
JournalWave Motion
StatePublished - Jan 2018


  • Homoclinic snaking
  • Melnikov theory
  • Nonlinear metamaterials
  • PT-Symmetry


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