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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1359–1361

Symmetry-breaking dynamics of the modulational instability spectrum

M. Droques, B. Barviau, A. Kudlinski, M. Taki, A. Boucon, T. Sylvestre, and A. Mussot  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 8, pp. 1359-1361 (2011)

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We demonstrate in an optical fiber that third-order dispersion yields an unexpected symmetry-breaking dynamics of the modulational instability spectrum. It is found in particular that this spectral asymmetry does not smoothly and monotonically increase when approaching the zero-dispersion wavelength. Instead, it exhibits several local extrema and it can even be reversed at a particular dispersion value. We interpret this behavior as resulting from interactions between dispersive waves and solitons generated from modulation instability.

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OCIS Codes
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(190.5530) Nonlinear optics : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: January 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 11, 2011
Published: April 8, 2011

M. Droques, B. Barviau, A. Kudlinski, M. Taki, A. Boucon, T. Sylvestre, and A. Mussot, "Symmetry-breaking dynamics of the modulational instability spectrum," Opt. Lett. 36, 1359-1361 (2011)

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