Replica symmetry breaking in nonlinearwave propagation

Davide Pierangeli*, Andrea Tavani, Fabrizio Di Mei, Giulia Marcucci, Aharon J. Agranat, Eugenio Del Re, Claudio Conti

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Abstract

A landmark of statistical mechanics, spin-glass theory describes critical phenomena in disordered systems that range from condensed matter to biophysics and social dynamics. The most fascinating concept is the breaking of replica symmetry: identical copies of the randomly interacting system that manifest completely different dynamics. Replica symmetry breaking has been predicted in nonlinear wave propagation, including Bose-Einstein condensates and optics, but never observed. Here, we report the experimental evidence of replica symmetry breaking in optical wave propagation The findings demonstrate that nonlinear propagation can manifest features typical of spin-glasses and provide a novel platform for testing so-far unexplored fundamental physical theories for complex systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationNonlinear Photonics, NP 2018
PublisherOptica Publishing Group (formerly OSA)
ISBN (Print)9781943580439
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
EventNonlinear Photonics, NP 2018 - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: 2 Jul 20185 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameOptics InfoBase Conference Papers
VolumePart F108-NP 2018
ISSN (Electronic)2162-2701

Conference

ConferenceNonlinear Photonics, NP 2018
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period2/07/185/07/18

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