Spiking optical patterns and synchronization

Michael Rosenbluh, Yaara Aviad, Elad Cohen, Lev Khaykovich, Wolfgang Kinzel, Evi Kopelowitz, Pinhas Yoskovits, Ido Kanter

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We analyze the time resolved spike statistics of a solitary and two mutually interacting chaotic semiconductor lasers whose chaos is characterized by apparently random, short intensity spikes. Repulsion between two successive spikes is observed, resulting in a refractory period, which is largest at laser threshold. For time intervals between spikes greater than the refractory period, the distribution of the intervals follows a Poisson distribution. The spiking pattern is highly periodic over time windows corresponding to the optical length of the external cavity, with a slow change of the spiking pattern as time increases. When zero-lag synchronization between two lasers is established, the statistics of the nearly perfectly matched spikes are not altered. The similarity of these features to those found in complex interacting neural networks, suggests the use of laser systems as simpler physical models for neural networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number046207
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number4
StatePublished - 5 Oct 2007


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