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Bistability of time-periodic polarization dynamics in a free-running VCSEL

Abstract : We report experimentally a bistability between two limit cycles (i.e. time-periodic dynamics) in a free-running vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. The two limit cycles originate from a bifurcation on two elliptically polarized states which exhibit a small frequency difference and whose main axes are symmetrical with respect to the linear polarization eigenaxes at threshold. We demonstrate theoretically that this peculiar behavior can be explained in the framework of the spin-flip model model by taking into account a small misalignment between the phase and amplitude anisotropies.
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Martin Virte, Marc Sciamanna, Emeric Mercier, Krassimir Panajotov. Bistability of time-periodic polarization dynamics in a free-running VCSEL. Optics Express, Optical Society of America - OSA Publishing, 2014, 22 (6), pp.6772-7. ⟨10.1364/OE.22.006772⟩. ⟨hal-01108559⟩



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