Abstract

The stability of the steady-state solutions of four-wave mixing in photorefractive crystals has been studied. Two complementary methods have been used: linear stability analysis and time integration of the nonlinear equations. A critical dependence of the stability on the phase of the perturbation has been revealed. The existence of two stable solutions for certain values of some parameters has been found. Also, regimes of unstable behavior in cases with a unique steady-state solution for large values of the pump ratio have been found.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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