We show that the intracavity field evolving in an externally driven passive Kerr resonator subject to weak normal dispersion undergoes wave-breaking, thus forming dispersive shock waves. At variance with the cavity-less propagation, such dispersive wave-breaking turns out to be strongly favored by cavity bistability and coexisting modulational instability.
© 2014 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 24, 2014
Revised Manuscript: March 20, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2014
Published: April 14, 2014
Stefania Malaguti, Gaetano Bellanca, and Stefano Trillo, "Dispersive wave-breaking in coherently driven passive cavities," Opt. Lett. 39, 2475-2478 (2014)