Theoretical analysis of synchronization of chaotic self-pulsating semiconductor lasers

Sara García-Revilla, Angel Valle, Paul Spencer, Robin Jones, Paul Rees, Jose Revuelta, Luis Pesquera, Alan Shore

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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 analyse a chaotic communication system based on self-pulsating laser diodes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)505-516
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 2002


  • Chaos generation
  • Chaotic modulation
  • Chaotic synchronization
  • Self-pulsating lasers
  • Signal encoding/decoding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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