We show that two linearly polarized counterpropagating waves in a Kerr nonlinear medium with linear dispersion can exhibit multimode temporal instability. We find the boundary of the unstable regime and demonstrate that the fully developed instability results in self-sustained oscillations and the onset of chaos.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 15, 1989
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 1989
Published: July 15, 1989
C. T. Law and A. E. Kaplan, "Dispersion-related multimode instabilities and self-sustained oscillations in nonlinear counterpropagating waves," Opt. Lett. 14, 734-736 (1989)