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We report on a bifurcation mechanism following which an external-cavity laser diode emits regular oscillating output power at a high frequency. This frequency does not vary with the external-cavity length and it can be adjusted by varying the feedback strength. We observe this phenomenon numerically by investigating the external-cavity modes generated by a semiconductor laser subject to a phase-conjugate optical feedback. Particularly, we explore the effects of both the feedback rate and the time delay induced by the feedback on the frequency of the external-cavity modes. Counterintuitively, we evidence that having a short cavity does not necessarily yield oscillations at higher frequencies. We show that the key parameter in order to generate high-frequency solutions is the feedback rate. This parameter fixes the frequency of the solutions obtained independently of the time delay. We finally relate our observations to Hopf bifurcation phenomena.
- PHASE-CONJUGATE FEEDBACK
- DELAYED FEEDBACK
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