Science and Mathematics Faculty Publications

Title

Non-focusing Instabilities in Coupled, Integrable Nonlinear Schroedinger PDEs.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2000

Journal Title

Journal of Nonlinear Science

Volume

10

Issue

3

First Page

291

Last Page

331

Abstract

The nonlinear coupling of two scalar nonlinear Schrödinger (NLS) fields results in nonfocusing instabilities that exist independently of the well-known modula-tional instability of the focusing NLS equation. The focusing versus defocusing behavior of scalar NLS fields is a well-known model for the corresponding behavior of pulse transmission in optical fibers in the anomalous (focusing) versus normal (defocusing) dispersion regime [19], [20]. For fibers with birefringence (induced by an asymmetry in the cross section), the scalar NLS fields for two orthogonal polarization modes couple nonlinearly [26]. Experiments by Rothenberg [32], [33] have demonstrated a new type of modulational instability in a birefringent normal dispersion fiber, and he proposes this cross-phase coupling instability as a mechanism for the generation of ultrafast, terahertz optical oscillations. In this paper the nonfocusing plane wave instability in an integrable coupled nonlinear Schrödinger (CNLS) partial differential equation system is contrasted with the focusing instability from two perspectives: traditional linearized stability analy-sis and integrable methods based on periodic inverse spectral theory. The latter approach is a crucial first step toward a nonlinear, nonlocal understanding of this new optical instability analogous to that developed for the focusing modulational instability of the sine-Gordon equations by Ercolani, Forest, and McLaughlin [13], [14], [15], [17] and the scalar NLS equation by Tracy, Chen, and Lee [36], [37], Forest and Lee [18], and McLaughlin, Li, and Overman [23], [24].

Keywords

Schrödinger

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