Optical chaos

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In the field of photonics, optical chaos is chaos generated by laser instabilities using different schemes in semiconductor and fiber lasers.[1] Optical chaos is observed in many non-linear optical systems. One of the most common examples is an optical ring resonators.[2]

Optical computing[edit]

Optical chaos was a field of research in the mid-1980s and was aimed at the production of all-optical devices including all-optical computers. Researchers realised later the inherent limitation of the optical systems due to the nonlocalised nature of photons compared to highly localised nature of electrons.


Research in optical chaos has seen a recent resurgence in the context of studying synchronization phenomena, and in developing techniques for secure optical communications.[3]


  1. ^ Szlachetka, P.; Grygiel, K. (2001). "Chaos in Optical Systems". Advances in Chemical Physics. 119: 353–427. doi:10.1002/0471231487.ch4. ISBN 0471389315.
  2. ^ Ikeda, K.; Akimoto, O. (1 March 1982). "Instability Leading to Periodic and Chaotic Self-Pulsations in a Bistable Optical Cavity". Physical Review Letters. 48 (9): 617. Bibcode:1982PhRvL..48..617I. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.48.617. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ Argyris, Apostolos; Syvridis, Dimitris; Larger, Laurent; Annovazzi-Lodi, Valerio; Colet, Pere; Fischer, Ingo; García-Ojalvo, Jordi; Mirasso, Claudio R.; Pesquera, Luis; Shore, K. Alan (2005). "Chaos-based communications at high bit rates using commercial fibre-optic links". Nature. 438 (7066): 343–346. Bibcode:2005Natur.437..343A. doi:10.1038/nature04275. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 16292256. S2CID 4412845.