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Stability of plane wave solutions of the two-space-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation

Authors
Journal
Wave Motion
0165-2125
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
2
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0165-2125(80)90003-7

Abstract

Abstract The stability of plane, periodic solutions of the two-dimensional nonlinear Schrödinger equation to infinitesimal, two-dimensional perturbation has been calculated and verified numerically. For standing wave disturbances, instability is found for both odd and even modes; as the period of the unperturbed solution increases, the instability associated with the odd modes remains but that associated with the even mode disappears, which is consistent with the results of Zakharov and Rubenchik [8], Saffman and Yuen [4] and Ablowitz and Segur [1] on the stability of solitons. In addition, we have identified travelling wave instabilities for the even mode perturbations which are absent in the long-wave limit. Extrapolation to the case of an unperturbed solution with infinite period suggests that these instabilities]may also be present for the soliton. In other words, the soliton is unstable to odd, standing-wave perturbations, and very likely also to even, travelling-wave perturbations.

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