### Abstract

The derivative nonlinear Schrödinger (DNLS) equation is explored using a truncation model with three resonant traveling waves. In the conservative case, the system derives from a time-independent Hamiltonian function with only one degree of freedom and the solutions can be written using elliptic functions. In spite of its low dimensional order, the truncation model preserves some features from the DNLS equation. In particular, the modulational instability criterion fits with the existence of two hyperbolic fixed points joined by a heteroclinic orbit that forces the exchange of energy between the three waves. On the other hand, numerical integrations of the DNLS equation show that the truncation model fails when wave energy is increased or left-hand polarized modulational unstable modes are present. When dissipative and growth terms are added the system exhibits a very complex dynamics including appearance of several attractors, period doubling bifurcations leading to chaos as well as other nonlinear phenomenon. In this case, the validity of the truncation model depends on the strength of the dissipation and the kind of attractor investigated.

Original language | English |
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Article number | 042302 |

Journal | Physics of Plasmas |

Volume | 16 |

Issue number | 4 |

DOIs | |

Publication status | Published - May 11 2009 |

### All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

- Condensed Matter Physics

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*Physics of Plasmas*,

*16*(4), [042302]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3093383