Journal article

Approximate techniques for dispersive shock waves in nonlinear media

TR Marchant, NF Smyth

Journal of Nonlinear Optical Physics & Materials | Published : 2012

Abstract

Many optical and other nonlinear media are governed by dispersive, or diffractive, wave equations, for which initial jump discontinuities are resolved into a dispersive shock wave. The dispersive shock wave smooths the initial discontinuity and is a modulated wavetrain consisting of solitary waves at its leading edge and linear waves at its trailing edge. For integrable equations the dispersive shock wave solution can be found using Whitham modulation theory. For nonlinear wave equations which are hyperbolic outside the dispersive shock region, the amplitudes of the solitary waves at the leading edge and the linear waves at the trailing edge of the dispersive shock can be determined. In this..

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