Formation of dispersive shock waves in a saturable nonlinear medium – Archive ouverte HAL

Sergey K. IvanovJules-Elémir SuchorskiAnatoly M. KamchatnovMathieu Isoard 1 Nicolas Pavloff 1

Sergey K. Ivanov, Jules-Elémir Suchorski, Anatoly M. Kamchatnov, Mathieu Isoard, Nicolas Pavloff. Formation of dispersive shock waves in a saturable nonlinear medium. Physical Review E , American Physical Society (APS), 2020, 102 (3), ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.102.032215⟩. ⟨hal-03017066⟩

We use the Gurevich-Pitaevskii approach based on the Whitham averaging method for studying the formation of dispersive shock waves in an intense light pulse propagating through a saturable nonlinear medium. Although the Whitham modulation equations cannot be diagonalized in this case, the main characteristics of the dispersive shock can be derived by means of an analysis of the properties of these equations at the boundaries of the shock. Our approach generalizes a previous analysis of step-like initial intensity distributions to a more realistic type of initial light pulse and makes it possible to determine, in a setting of experimental interest, the value of measurable quantities such as the wave-breaking time or the position and light intensity of the shock edges.

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