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Phys Rev Lett. 2002 Apr 29;88(17):174101. Epub 2002 Apr 10.

Synchronization of chaotic semiconductor laser systems: a vectorial coupling-dependent scenario.

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Institute of Applied Physics, Darmstadt University of Technology, Schlossgartenstrasse 7, D-64289 Darmstadt, Germany.


We demonstrate the influence of vectorial coupling on the synchronization behavior of complex systems. We study two semiconductor lasers subject to delayed optical feedback which are unidirectionally coherently coupled via their optical fields. Our experimental and numerical results demonstrate a characteristic synchronization scenario in dependence on the relative feedback phase leading cyclically from chaos synchronization to almost uncorrelated states, and back to chaos synchronization. Finally, we reveal the influence of the feedback phase on the dynamics of the solitary delay system.

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