Synchronization in large laser networks with both homogeneous and heterogeneous coupling delay times is examined. The number of synchronized clusters of lasers is established to equal the greatest common divisor of network loops. We experimentally demonstrate up to 16 multicluster phase synchronization scenarios within unidirectional coupled laser networks, whereby synchronization in heterogeneous networks is deduced by mapping to an equivalent homogeneous network. The synchronization in large laser networks is controlled by means of tunable coupling and self-coupling.
|Journal||Physical Review Letters|
|State||Published - 25 May 2012|