We consider a curved chain of nonlinear oscillators and show that the interplay of curvature and nonlinearity leads to a symmetry breaking when an asymmetric stationary state becomes energetically more favorable than a symmetric stationary state. We show that the energy of localized states decreases with increasing curvature, i.e., bending is a trap for nonlinear excitations. A violation of the Vakhitov-Kolokolov stability criterion is found in the case where the instability is due to the softening of the Peierls internal mode.
|Journal||Physical Review E. Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|
Bibliographical noteCopyright (2000) American Physical Society