Stability of multihump optical solitons

Elena A. Ostrovskaya, Yuri S. Kivshar, Dmitry V. Skryabin, William J. Firth

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    We demonstrate that, in contrast with what was previously believed, multihump solitary waves can be stable. By means of linear stability analysis and numerical simulations, we investigate the stability of two- and three-hump solitary waves governed by incoherent beam interaction in a saturable medium, providing a theoretical background for the stability of the experimental results reported by Mitchell, Segev, and Christodoulides [Phys. Rev. Lett., 4657 (1998)].

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)296-299
    Number of pages4
    JournalPhysical Review Letters
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


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