Bifurcation structure of cavity soliton dynamics in a vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser with a saturable absorber and time-delayed feedback
AbstractWe consider a wide-aperture surface-emitting laser with a saturable absorber section subjected to time-delayed feedback. We adopt the mean-field approach assuming a single longitudinal mode operation of the solitary vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL). We investigate cavity soliton dynamics under the effect of time-delayed feedback in a self-imaging configuration where diffraction in the external cavity is negligible. Using bifurcation analysis, direct numerical simulations, and numerical path-continuation methods, we identify the possible bifurcations and map them in a plane of feedback parameters. We show that for both the homogeneous and localized stationary lasing solutions in one spatial dimension, the time-delayed feedback induces complex spatiotemporal dynamics, in particular a period doubling route to chaos, quasiperiodic oscillations, and multistability of the stationary solutions.