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Theoretical analysis of synchronization of chaotic self-pulsating semiconductor lasers
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Paper Abstract

Chaotic dynamics in a self-pulsating laser diode has been shown theoretically to occur by modulation of the laser current. It has been also shown that synchronization of two chaotic self-pulsating lasers can be achieved by small amounts of optical coupling. This result has been obtained with a deterministic model for the laser intensity. We study coherent synchronization of single mode self-pulsating laser diodes by means of a field-equation model that takes into account phase-effects and spontaneous emission noise. It is shown that the size of the coupling required to achieved synchronization is influenced by spontaneous emission noise and by the linewidth enhancement factor. Numerical simulations are then used to identify the optimum regime for efficient synchronization. It is found that good synchronization can be obtained for large values of the bias current, such that the spontaneous emission plays a minor role. The degree of synchronization is studied as a function of the differences between the master and slave laser parameters. Finally, a sinusoidal signal is used to analyze a chaotic communication system based on self-pulsating laser diodes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4646, Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices X, (12 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.470554
Show Author Affiliations
Sara Garcia-Revilla, Univ. de Cantabria-CSIC (Spain)
Angel Valle, Univ. de Cantabria-CSIC (Spain)
Paul S. Spencer, Univ. of Wales/Bangor (United Kingdom)
Robin J. Jones, Univ. of Wales/Bangor (United Kingdom)
Paul Rees, Univ. of Wales/Bangor (United Kingdom)
Jose Revuelta, Univ. de Cantabria-CSIC (Spain)
Luis Pesquera, Univ. de Cantabria-CSIC (Spain)
Keith Alan Shore, Univ. of Wales/Bangor (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4646:
Physics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices X
Peter Blood; Marek Osinski; Yasuhiko Arakawa, Editor(s)

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