Lambert function methods for laser dynamics with time-delayed feedback.
Time-delayed differential equations arise frequently in the study of nonlinear dynamics of lasers with optical feedback. Traditionally, one has resorted to numerical methods because the analytical solution of such equations are intractable. In this manuscript, we show that under some conditions, the rate equations model that is used to model semiconductor lasers with feedback can be analytically solved by using the Lambert W function. In particular, we discuss the conditions under which the coupled rate equations for the intra-cavity electric field and excess carrier inversion can be reduced to a single equation for the field, and how this single rate equation can be cast in a form that is amenable to the use of the Lambert W function. We conclude the manuscript with a similar discussion for two lasers coupled via time-delayed feedbacks.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.03111
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