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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 1996
  • pp: 1135–1137

Drift instability of dark solitons in saturable media

Yuri S. Kivshar and Vsevolod V. Afanasjev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 15, pp. 1135-1137 (1996)

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It is shown that dark solitons display an inherent instability for a strong saturation of the nonlinear refractive index provided that the background intensity exceeds a certain critical value. Such an instability manifests itself as a drift of a black soliton that transform into a gray soliton and radiation.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: February 21, 1996
Published: August 1, 1996

Yuri S. Kivshar and Vsevolod V. Afanasjev, "Drift instability of dark solitons in saturable media," Opt. Lett. 21, 1135-1137 (1996)

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