Abstract

We investigate modulational instability in inhomogeneous passive cavities modeled by the Ikeda map. The cavity boundary conditions and the modulation of the fiber dispersion force the system to develop parametric instabilities, which lead to the generation of simple, as well as period-doubled, temporal patterns. The analytical results obtained by means of the Floquet theory are validated through numerical solution of the Ikeda map, and the limitations of the mean-field Lugiato–Lefever model are highlighted.

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