Modulational instability in doped glass fibers is analyzed theoretically in a steady-state regime, taking into account a saturable nonlinearity. The results have shown that the critical modulation frequency and modulation gain increase with input power, reaching a maximum value at the saturation power. This leads to a unique value of the critical modulation frequency for two different input powers so that two solutions will experience a maximum gain at the same frequency.
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