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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2002
  • pp: 502–512

(1+1)-Dimensional modulation instability of spatially incoherent light

Detlef Kip, Marin Soljačić, Mordechai Segev, Suzanne M. Sears, and Demetrios N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 19, Issue 3, pp. 502-512 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.19.000502


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Abstract

We present a comprehensive study of the one-dimensional modulation instability of partially spatially incoherent light in noninstantaneous self-focusing media. For this instability to occur, the nonlinearity has to exceed a specific threshold that depends on the coherence properties of the beam. Above this threshold a uniform-intensity partially spatially coherent wave front becomes unstable and breaks up into periodic trains of one-dimensional stripes.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects

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Detlef Kip, Marin Soljačić, Mordechai Segev, Suzanne M. Sears, and Demetrios N. Christodoulides, "(1+1)-Dimensional modulation instability of spatially incoherent light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 19, 502-512 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-19-3-502

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