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Semiconductor Lasers

Stability, Instability and Chaos


  • Provides a comprehensive review of the basic laser physics and recent advances in semiconductor laser applications

  • Covers fundamental theory of laser chaos and applications to optical secure communications

  • Represents the theory of semiconductor laser chaos and its applications completely


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 111)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 1-11
  3. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 13-28
  4. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 29-73
  5. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 329-351
  6. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 353-384
  7. Junji Ohtsubo
    Pages 415-461
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 537-570

About this book


This third edition of “Semiconductor Lasers, Stability, Instability and Chaos” was significantly extended.  In the previous edition, the dynamics and characteristics of chaos in semiconductor lasers after the introduction of the fundamental theory of laser chaos and chaotic dynamics induced by self-optical feedback and optical injection was discussed. Semiconductor lasers with new device structures, such as vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and broad-area semiconductor lasers, are interesting devices from the viewpoint of chaotic dynamics since they essentially involve chaotic dynamics even in their free-running oscillations. These topics are also treated with respect to the new developments in the current edition. Also the control of such instabilities and chaos control are critical issues for applications. Another interesting and important issue of semiconductor laser chaos in this third edition is chaos synchronization between two lasers and the application to optical secure communication. One of the new topics in this edition is fast physical number generation using chaotic semiconductor lasers for secure communication and development of chaos chips and their application. As other new important topics, the recent advance of new semiconductor laser structures is presented, such as quantum-dot semiconductor lasers, quantum-cascade semiconductor lasers, vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers and physical random number generation with application to quantum key distribution. Stabilities, instabilities, and control of quantum-dot semiconductor lasers and quantum-cascade lasers are important topics in this field.


laser controls nonlinear dynamics and chaos optical secure communications quantum cascade lasers quantum-dot semiconductor lasers semiconductor lasers stability and instability of lasers vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of EngineeringShizuoka UniversityHamamatsu, ShizuikaJapan

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Energy, Utilities & Environment


From the reviews of the third edition:

“This is a comprehensive state-of-the-art book covering general mathematical and physical aspects of processes relevant to optical semiconductor lasers with applications focused on laser metrology, chaotic communications including cryptography, and chaotic random number generation. … Each of the chapters is followed by an extensive list of references ranging from basic historical ones to the most up-to-date sources. … the book tells about its importance concerning both the professional researchers and graduate students in the field of semiconductor lasers.” (Vladimir Čadež, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1257, 2013)