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Ultrafast all-optical order-to-chaos transition in silicon photonic crystal chips

Ultrafast all-optical order-to-chaos transition in silicon photonic crystal chips
Ultrafast all-optical order-to-chaos transition in silicon photonic crystal chips
The interaction of light with nanostructured materials provides exciting new opportunities for investigating classical wave analogies of quantum phenomena. A topic of particular interest forms the interplay between wave physics and chaos in systems where a small perturbation can drive the behavior from the classical to chaotic regime. Here, we report an all-optical laser-driven transition from order to chaos in integrated chips on a silicon photonics platform. A square photonic crystal microcavity at telecom wavelengths is tuned from an ordered into a chaotic regime through a perturbation induced by ultrafast laser pulses in the ultraviolet range. The chaotic dynamics of weak probe pulses in the near infrared is characterized for different pump-probe delay times and at various positions in the cavity, with high spatial accuracy. Our experimental analysis, confirmed by numerical modelling based on random matrices, demonstrates that nonlinear optics can be used to control reversibly the chaotic behavior of light in optical resonators
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Bruck, Roman
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Liu, Changxu
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Muskens, Otto
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Fratalocchi, Andrea
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Liu, Changxu
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Muskens, Otto
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Fratalocchi, Andrea
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Bruck, Roman, Liu, Changxu, Muskens, Otto, Fratalocchi, Andrea and Di Falco, Andrea (2016) Ultrafast all-optical order-to-chaos transition in silicon photonic crystal chips. Laser & Photonics Reviews, 1-7. (doi:10.1002/lpor.201600086).

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The interaction of light with nanostructured materials provides exciting new opportunities for investigating classical wave analogies of quantum phenomena. A topic of particular interest forms the interplay between wave physics and chaos in systems where a small perturbation can drive the behavior from the classical to chaotic regime. Here, we report an all-optical laser-driven transition from order to chaos in integrated chips on a silicon photonics platform. A square photonic crystal microcavity at telecom wavelengths is tuned from an ordered into a chaotic regime through a perturbation induced by ultrafast laser pulses in the ultraviolet range. The chaotic dynamics of weak probe pulses in the near infrared is characterized for different pump-probe delay times and at various positions in the cavity, with high spatial accuracy. Our experimental analysis, confirmed by numerical modelling based on random matrices, demonstrates that nonlinear optics can be used to control reversibly the chaotic behavior of light in optical resonators

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 May 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 8 June 2016
Published date: 8 June 2016
Organisations: Quantum, Light & Matter Group

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Local EPrints ID: 397400
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/397400
ISSN: 1863-8880
PURE UUID: af65d323-0abf-4c1a-bda4-0eee19a7ae80
ORCID for Otto Muskens: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0693-5504

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2016 13:14
Last modified: 19 Jul 2019 19:55

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