Nonlinear evolution of the locally induced modulational instability in fiber optics

Kraych, Adrien, Suret, Pierre, El, Gennady and Randoux, Stephane (2019) Nonlinear evolution of the locally induced modulational instability in fiber optics. Physical Review Letters, 122 (5). 054101. ISSN 0031-9007

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We report an optical fiber experiment in which we study nonlinear stage of modulational instability of a plane wave in the presence of a localized perturbation. Using a recirculating fiber loop as experimental platform, we show that the initial perturbation evolves into expanding nonlinear oscillatory structure exhibiting some universal characteristics that agree with theoretical predictions based on integrability properties of the focusing nonlinear Schr¨odinger equation. Our experimental results demonstrate persistence of the universal evolution scenario, even in the presence of small dissipation and noise in an experimental system that is not rigorously of an integrable nature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2019 12:46
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2021 11:50

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