The spatiotemporal pattern formation in the vicinity of a codimension-2 bif
urcation with a quartic eigenvalue spectrum is studied. The interaction of
modes on long time scales is derived. It is shown that a nonlinear focusing
process selects a narrow band of modes and suppresses the other unstable m
odes. On an intermediate length scale, a travelling wave pattern emerges. I
ts modulations on long space scales are governed by a dispersive complex Gi
nzburg-Landau equation. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.