Nonlinear Schrödinger equation with spatiotemporal perturbations
|Author||Mertens, Franz G.
Quintero, Niurka R.
Bishop, Alan R.
|Department||Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Física Aplicada I|
|Abstract||We investigate the dynamics of solitons of the cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) with the following perturbations: nonparametric spatiotemporal driving of the form f(x,t)=a exp[iK(t)x], damping, and a linear term ...
We investigate the dynamics of solitons of the cubic nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLSE) with the following perturbations: nonparametric spatiotemporal driving of the form f(x,t)=a exp[iK(t)x], damping, and a linear term which serves to stabilize the driven soliton. Using the time evolution of norm, momentum and energy, or, alternatively, a Lagrangian approach, we develop a collective-coordinate-theory which yields a set of ordinary differential equations (ODEs) for our four collective coordinates. These ODEs are solved analytically and numerically for the case of a constant, spatially periodic force f(x). The soliton position exhibits oscillations around a mean trajectory with constant velocity. This means that the soliton performs, on the average, a unidirectional motion although the spatial average of the force vanishes. The amplitude of the oscillations is much smaller than the period of f(x). In order to find out for which regions the above solutions are stable, we calculate the time evolution of the soliton momentum P(t) and the soliton velocity V(t): This is a parameter representation of a curve P(V) which is visited by the soliton while time evolves. Our conjecture is that the soliton becomes unstable, if this curve has a branch with negative slope. This conjecture is fully confirmed by our simulations for the perturbed NLSE. Moreover, this curve also yields a good estimate for the soliton lifetime: the soliton lives longer, the shorter the branch with negative slope is.
|Funding agencies||Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia (MEC). España
Junta de Andalucía