Modulation instability and pattern formation in damped molecular systems

Conrad B. Tabi, Alidou Mohamadou, Timoléon C. Kofané

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It is shown that, in the weak amplitude and slow time limits, the dynamics of a damped onedimensional lattice is governed by the modified complex Ablowitz-Ladik (MCAL) equation. We conduct a theoretical analysis of the linear stability based on the MCAL equation, obtaining the modulational instability (Ml) criterion. We show that, if the wave amplitude exceeds a certain threshold value, the initial solution breaks into pulse train. Energy localization via Ml is also investigated through computer simulations. We find very good quantitative agreement between the theoretical analysis and the numerical simulations of the MCAL equation for the Ml.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)583-592
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Computational and Theoretical Nanoscience
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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