Mechanisms for multistability in a semiconductor laser with optical injection

S. Wieczorek, B. Krauskopf, D. Lenstra

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We perform a detailed study of multistable behaviour in an optically injected semiconductor laser modeled by single-mode three-dimensional rate equations. It turns out that there is a wealth of regions of bi- and multistability – associated with bifurcations of periodic orbits – in the plane of injection strength and injection detuning. We follow such bifurcations over a wide range of parameters, which reveals different mechanisms for multistability in the system. In this way, we find, among others, the coexistence of two different periodic orbits with a chaotic attractor. Our results open new possibilities for optical switching between several different outputs of the laser.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-226
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - 2000


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