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Chaotic lightwave generation by semiconductor lasers and its application to dynamical optical memories and novel optical communications
Author(s): Wakao Sasaki; Kazuhiro Nakamuta
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Paper Abstract

We demonstrate a simple method for controlling the nonlinear oscillations by only using a semiconductor laser and photo detectors. The nonlinearity necessary for exhibiting period- doubling bifurcations and chaotic phenomenon was realized by appropriately superposing the threshold characteristics of semiconductor lasers on the saturation characteristics of photodiodes in their electric current vs. light intensity properties. An electro-optical NDFS (nonlinear delayed feedback system) has been composed by making use of this nonlinearity. A low-pass filter was inserted into this NDFS as an electric feedback element, which gave variety to the behavior of the nonlinear oscillations. With this system, multi-stable oscillations and chaotic transitions with various patterns have been observed. In this scheme, an optical dynamical memory function has been demonstrated to perform binary data writing. In addition, we have applied an external light input to the NDFS, for example, some sinusoidal wave modulations with acoustic frequencies. If the external input light effects to the oscillation waveform are to be reproducibly derived, new application to a waveform recognition system and cryptography will be expected.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 November 1998
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3468, Advanced Optical Memories and Interfaces to Computer Storage, (5 November 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.330427
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Wakao Sasaki, Doshisha Univ. (Japan)
Kazuhiro Nakamuta, Doshisha Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3468:
Advanced Optical Memories and Interfaces to Computer Storage
Pericles A. Mitkas; Zameer U. Hasan, Editor(s)

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