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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 944–948

Modulational instability of coupled nonlinear field equations for pulse propagation in a negative index material embedded into a Kerr medium

Amarendra K. Sarma and Manirupa Saha  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 944-948 (2011)

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We have investigated the modulation instability (MI) in a negative index media (NIM) or metamaterial (MM) using a new generalized model describing the pulse propagation in a NIM embedded into a Kerr medium. We have found that one could control the gain of MI in an MM by tuning the initial electric or magnetic field amplitudes. Our model successfully recovers previously proposed models to describe pulse propagation in MMs exhibiting Kerr nonlinearity. Moreover, it contains a few additional terms connecting both the electric and magnetic field envelopes in an MM.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 18, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2011
Published: March 31, 2011

Amarendra K. Sarma and Manirupa Saha, "Modulational instability of coupled nonlinear field equations for pulse propagation in a negative index material embedded into a Kerr medium," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, 944-948 (2011)

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