Quantum dot twin stripe lasers as emitter and receiver in chaotic encrypted communication systems

J. Pozo, A. Corradi, E. Smalbrugge, T. Vries, de, R. Nötzel, D. Lenstra, M.K. Smit

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Abstract

The complex nonlinear and chaotic regimes observed in laterally coupled diode lasers – or twin stripe lasers– make this device a real contender for the emitter and receiver in chaotic encrypted communication systems, since the chaos is produced on chip and no other elements have to be added to the set-up. The main problem until now was to be able to synchronize two of those devices, due to the difficulty of fabricating a pair similar enough. Our approach is to use Quantum Dots for the active region of the twin stripes, which allows for the use of shallow etching to electrically isolate both stripes due to the zero dimensional confinement of the Quantum Dots. In this paper we present the first time that a pair of twin stripe lasers has been synchronized together with an observation of transitions to chaos such as those found in single-stripe lasers subject to external influences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 14th Annual Symposium of the IEEE Photonics Benelux Chapter, 5-6 November 2009, Brussels, Belgium
EditorsSt. Beri, Ph. Tassin, G. Craggs, X. Leijtens, J. Danckaert
Place of PublicationBrussels
PublisherBrussels University Press
Pages17-20
ISBN (Print)978-90-5487-650-2
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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