Instabilities of higher-order parametric solitons: filamentation versus coalescence

Dmitry V. Skryabin, William J. Firth

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We investigate stability and dynamics of higher-order solitary waves in quadratic media, which have a central peak and one or more surrounding rings. We show the existence of two qualitatively different behaviors. For positive phase mismatch the rings break up into filaments that move radially to the initial ring. For sufficient negative mismatches rings are found to coalesce with the central peak, forming a single oscillating filament.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)R1252 -R1255
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E: Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1998


  • stability
  • dynamics
  • solitary waves
  • quadratic media
  • oscillating filament


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