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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: G. I. Stegeman
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2486–2493

Power dropout control by optical phase modulation in a chaotic semiconductor laser

Cătălin M. Ticoş, Mircea Bulinski, Relu Andrei, and Mihai L. Pascu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 23, Issue 12, pp. 2486-2493 (2006)

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The effect of periodic phase modulation of light on a chaotic external-cavity semiconductor laser working in a regime of low-frequency fluctuations (LFFs) is studied numerically. It is observed that the phase modulation changes the time period between consecutive dropouts in the emitted laser intensity. A new variable Φ L is defined as the phase of the laser’s LFFs, which increases in time with 2 π after each power dropout event. The phase Φ PM of the periodic phase modulator is unfolded on the real axis and increases linearly at a rate given by the modulating frequency. It is shown that the phase difference between the laser and the modulator Δ Φ ( t ) = m Φ L ( t ) n Φ PM ( t ) , where m and n are integers, remains constant in time, leading to phase-synchronized states, for specific values of the modulating frequency and amplitude.

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OCIS Codes
(140.1540) Lasers and laser optics : Chaos
(140.3570) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, single-mode
(140.5960) Lasers and laser optics : Semiconductor lasers
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: March 24, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2006

Catălin M. Ticoş, Mircea Bulinski, Relu Andrei, and Mihai L. Pascu, "Power dropout control by optical phase modulation in a chaotic semiconductor laser," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 23, 2486-2493 (2006)

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