Soliton trapping in a disordered lattice

Zhi Yuan Sun, Shmuel Fishman, Avy Soffer

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In recent years, the competition between randomness and nonlinearity was extensively explored. In the present paper, the dynamics of solitons of the Ablowitz-Ladik model in the presence of a random potential is studied. In the absence of the random potential, it is an integrable model and the solitons are stable. As a result of the random potential, this stability is destroyed. In a certain regime, for short times, particlelike dynamics with constant mass is found; in another regime, particlelike dynamics with varying mass takes place. In particular, an effective potential is found that predicts correctly changes in the direction of motion of the soliton. This potential is a scaling function of time and strength of the potential, leading to a relation between the first time when the soliton changes direction and the strength of the random potential.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012901
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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