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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2012
  • pp: 389–391

Stationary one-dimensional dispersive shock waves

Yaroslav V. Kartashov and Anatoly M. Kamchatnov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 389-391 (2012)

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We address shock waves generated upon the interaction of tilted plane waves with negative refractive index defects in defocusing media with linear gain and two-photon absorption. We found that, in contrast to conservative media where one-dimensional dispersive shock waves usually exist only as nonstationary objects expanding away from a defect or generating beam, the competition between gain and two-photon absorption in a dissipative medium results in the formation of localized stationary dispersive shock waves, whose transverse extent may considerably exceed that of the refractive index defect. One-dimensional dispersive shock waves are stable if the defect strength does not exceed a certain critical value.

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OCIS Codes
(190.5940) Nonlinear optics : Self-action effects
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: October 12, 2011
Revised Manuscript: November 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 1, 2011
Published: January 30, 2012

Yaroslav V. Kartashov and Anatoly M. Kamchatnov, "Stationary one-dimensional dispersive shock waves," Opt. Lett. 37, 389-391 (2012)

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