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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1648–1650

Competing wave-breaking mechanisms in quadratic media

M. Conforti, F. Baronio, and S. Trillo  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 10, pp. 1648-1650 (2013)

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We show that second-harmonic generation in the regime of weak dispersion/diffraction can exhibit a coexistence of wave breaking mechanisms, such that a gradient catastrophe yielding a dispersive shock wave competes with modulational instability, leading to the generation of wavetrains with incommensurate frequencies and eventually to the destruction of the shock wave-train.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(190.7070) Nonlinear optics : Two-wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: February 20, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: April 5, 2013
Published: May 9, 2013

M. Conforti, F. Baronio, and S. Trillo, "Competing wave-breaking mechanisms in quadratic media," Opt. Lett. 38, 1648-1650 (2013)

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