18 May 2015 Experimental mapping of nonlinear dynamics in synchronized coupled semiconductor laser networks
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Abstract
The potential of conventional semiconductor lasers to generate complex and chaotic dynamics at a bandwidth that extends up to tens of GHz turns them into useful components in applications oriented to sensing and security. Specifically, latest theoretical and experimental works have demonstrated the capability of mutually coupled semiconductor lasers to exhibit a joint behaviour under various conditions. In an uncoupled network consisting of N similar SLs - representing autonomous nodes in the network - each node emits an optical signal of various dynamics depending on its biasing conditions and internal properties. These nodes remain unsynchronized unless appropriate coupling and biasing conditions apply. A synchronized behaviour can be in principle observed in sub-groups of lasers or in the overall laser network. In the present work, experimental topologies that employ eight SLs, under diverse biasing and coupling conditions, are built and investigated. The deployed systems incorporate off-the-shelf fiber-optic communications components operating at the 1550nm spectral window. The role of emission wavelength detuning of each participating node in the network - at GHz level - is evaluated.
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Apostolos Argyris, Apostolos Argyris, Michail Bourmpos, Michail Bourmpos, Dimitris Syvridis, Dimitris Syvridis, "Experimental mapping of nonlinear dynamics in synchronized coupled semiconductor laser networks", Proc. SPIE 9503, Nonlinear Optics and Applications IX, 95030O (18 May 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2178822; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2178822
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