Dawson, J. F.,Cooper, F.,Khare, A.,Mihaila, B.,Arevalo, E.,Lan, R. M.,Comech, A.,Saxena, A.

We discuss the stability properties of the solutions of the general nonlinear Schrodinger equation in 1 + 1 dimensions in an external potential derivable from a parity-time (PT) symmetric superpotential W(x) that we considered earlier in Kevrekidis et al (2015 Phys. Rev. E 92 042901). In particular we consider the nonlinear partial differential equation {i partial derivative(t) + partial derivative(2)(x)-V(x)+g vertical bar psi(x, t)vertical bar(2 kappa)}psi(x, t) = 0, for arbitrary nonlinearity parameter kappa, where g = +/- 1 and V is the well known PoschlTeller potential which we allow to be repulsive as well as attractive. Using energy landscape methods, linear stability analysis as well as a time dependent variational approximation, we derive consistent analytic results for the domains of instability of these new exact solutions as a function of the strength of the external potential and kappa. For the repulsive potential we show that there is a translational instability which can be understood in terms of the energy landscape as a function of a stretching parameter and a translation parameter being a saddle near the exact solution. In this case, numerical simulations show that if we start with the exact solution, the initial wave function breaks into two pieces traveling in opposite directions. If we explore the slightly perturbed solution situations, a 1% change in initial conditions can change significantly the details of how the wave function breaks into two separate pieces. For the attractive potential, changing the initial conditions by 1% modifies the domain of stability only slightly. For the case of the attractive potential and negative g perturbed solutions merely oscillate with the oscillation frequencies predicted by the variational approximation.