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The European Physical Journal B

, Volume 69, Issue 1, pp 93–100 | Cite as

Stochastic and coherence resonance in lasers: homoclinic chaos and polarization bistability

Topical issue on Stochastic Resonance

Abstract

We report Stochastic Resonance and Coherence Resonance phenomena in experiments using CO2 lasers. First, we consider a polarized laser with feedback; for suitable feedback parameters, the laser intensity undergoes homoclinic chaos consisting in the return to a saddle focus, where noise controls the permanence time around the saddle. Second, we discuss a quasi-isotropic laser where noise induces switching between two intensity components with mutually orthogonal polarization.

PACS

05.40.Ca Noise 42.60.Mi Dynamical laser instabilities; noisy laser behavior 42.65.Sf Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems; optical instabilities, optical chaos and complexity, and optical spatio-temporal dynamics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CNR Instituto Nazionale di Ottica ApplicataFirenzeItaly
  2. 2.Dept. of Physics, University of FirenzeFirenzeItaly

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