High-Speed Chaos in an Optical Feedback System With Flexible Timescales

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Journal Article

We describe a new optoelectronic device with time-delayed feedback that uses a Mach-Zehnder interferometer as passive nonlinearity and a semiconductor laser as a current-to-optical-frequency converter. Band-limited feedback allows tuning of the characteristic time scales of both the periodic and high dimensional chaotic oscillations that can be generated with the device. Our implementation of the device produces oscillations in the frequency range of tens to hundreds of megahertz. We develop a model and use it to explore the experimentally observed Andronov-Hopf bifurcation of the steady state and to estimate the dimension of the chaotic attractor.

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Cited Authors

  • Blakely, JN; Illing, L; Gauthier, DJ

Published Date

  • March 1, 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 299 - 305

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-9197

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1109/JQE.2003.823021

Citation Source

  • Scopus