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Unveiling the dynamical diversity of quantum dot lasers subject to optoelectronic feedback

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posted on 2023-09-27, 16:00 authored by Shihao Ding, Shiyuan Zhao, Justin Norman, Bozhang Dong, Heming Huang, John Bowers, Frédéric Grillot
This paper investigates experimentally and numerically the nonlinear dynamics of an epitaxial quantum dot laser on silicon subjected to optoelectronic feedback. Experimental results showcase a diverse range of dynamics, encompassing square wave patterns, quasi-chaotic states, and mixed waveforms exhibiting fast and slow oscillations. These measurements unequivocally demonstrate that quantum dot lasers on silicon readily and stably generate a more extensive repertoire of nonlinear dynamics compared to quantum well lasers. This pronounced sensitivity of quantum dot lasers to optoelectronic feedback represents a notable departure from their inherent insensitivity to optical feedback arising from reflections. Moreover, based on the Ikeda-like model, our simulations illustrate that the inherent characteristics of quantum dot lasers on silicon enable rapid and diverse dynamic transformations in response to optoelectronic feedback. The emergence of these exotic dynamics paves the way for further applications like integrated optical clocks, optical logic, and optical computing.



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