Photonic band-gap inhibition of modulational instabilities

Damià Gomila, Roberta Zambrini, Gian-Luca Oppo

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Spatial structures as a result of a modulational instability are studied in a nonlinear cavity with a photonic crystal. The interaction of the modulated refractive index with the nonlinearity inhibits the instability via the creation of a photonic band gap. A novel mechanism of light localization due to defects and pattern inhibition is also described.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253904-1
Number of pages253903
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number25
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2004


  • photonic crystal
  • modulational instability
  • photonic band gap
  • nonlinear physics
  • pattern inhibition
  • optics


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