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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2002
  • pp: 261–263

Bifurcation to polarization self-modulation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

M. Sciamanna, F. Rogister, O. Deparis, P. Mégret, M. Blondel, and T. Erneux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 27, Issue 4, pp. 261-263 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.27.000261


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Abstract

Experiments have yielded polarization self-modulation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) subject to a π/2 polarization-rotating optical feedback. The phenomenon has been simulated numerically, but its bifurcation has never been explained. We show that polarization self-modulation results from a Hopf bifurcation mechanism that can be analyzed in terms of the laser feedback parameters. Our analysis predicts other bifurcations for low values of the feedback rate, which explain why more-complex time-dependent outputs have been observed as alternatives to polarization self-modulation.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.3100) Nonlinear optics : Instabilities and chaos
(250.7260) Optoelectronics : Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers

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M. Sciamanna, F. Rogister, O. Deparis, P. Mégret, M. Blondel, and T. Erneux, "Bifurcation to polarization self-modulation in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers," Opt. Lett. 27, 261-263 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-27-4-261

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