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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 1989
  • pp: 734–736

Dispersion-related multimode instabilities and self-sustained oscillations in nonlinear counterpropagating waves

C. T. Law and A. E. Kaplan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 14, pp. 734-736 (1989)

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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)

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