Abstract

The stability of local structures in optical systems is of great importance. We demonstrate that using the Floquet–Fourier–Hill (FFH) method provides a substantial improvement in both speed and accuracy over finite-difference methods that are commonly used. Furthermore, we show how to incorporate the effect of nonlocal saturable gain in the linearization and stability predictions. Several examples of problems are worked with both the FFH and finite-difference methods and compared in the context of mode-locked laser models.

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