Spatial Akhmediev breathers and modulation instability growth-decay cycles in a quadratic optical medium

Year: 2019

Authors: Schiek R., Baronio F.

Autors Affiliation: Ostbayer TH Regensburg, Prufeninger Str 58, D-93049 Regensburg, Germany; Univ Brescia, Ist Nazl Ott CNR, Via Branze 38, I-25123 Brescia, Italy; Univ Brescia, Dipartimento Ingn Informaz, Via Branze 38, I-25123 Brescia, Italy

Abstract: We investigate the spatial nonlinear localization of light on a quasi-plane-wave background with a harmonic perturbation induced by modulation instability in a quadratic nonlinear optical medium. In particular, we demonstrate experimentally the excitation of deterministic Akhmediev breathers and thus the growth-decay dynamics of modulation instability in a LiNbO3 slab waveguide. The results should stimulate new interest in modulation instability, extreme events, turbulence, recurrence, and supercontinuum generation in quadratic nonlinear optics.

Journal/Review: PHYSICAL REVIEW RESEARCH

Volume: 1 (3)      Pages from: 032036-1  to: 032036-5

KeyWords: SOLITARY WAVES; LIGHT-BEAMS; NONLINEARITY; GENERATION; FIBER
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevResearch.1.032036

Citations: 5
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