[OPTICAL REVIEW Vol. 17, No. 3 (2010) 144-151]
© 2010 The Japan Society of Applied Physics

Chaos Dynamics in Semiconductor Lasers with Polarization-Rotated Optical Feedback

Yasutoshi TAKEUCHI, Rui SHOGENJI1, and Junji OHTSUBO1*

Graduate School of Engineering, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu 432-8561, Japan
1Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu 432-8561, Japan

(Received January 15, 2010; Accepted March 2, 2010)

By using polarization-rotated optical feedback from the transverse-electric (TE) mode to the transverse-magnetic (TM) mode, chaotic oscillations for both polarization modes are excited in a semiconductor laser. We find different correlations between these chaotic oscillations than those found in previous studies. In this study, the dynamics are strongly dependent on their radio-frequency (RF) components and they are divided into three RF regions. For low-pass filtered signals lower than the laser relaxation oscillation, there is an antiphase correlation between the two polarization modes. On the other hand, the two polarization modes have an in-phase correlation for the RF components of the high-pass filtered signals, which are higher than the relaxation oscillation. However, no correlations were observed between the two modes for the intermediate RF components that include the relaxation oscillation frequency. We also perform numerical calculations for the model and obtain good agreement between the theoretical and experimental results.

Key words: semiconductor laser, chaos, optical feedback, polarization

*E-mail address: tajohts@ipc.shizuoka.ac.jp