Impulse Spatial-Temporal Domains in Semiconductor Laser with Feedback


An initial value boundary problem for system of diffusion equations with delay arguments and dynamic nonlinear boundary conditions is considered. The problem describes evolution of the carrier density and the radiation density in the semiconductor laser or laser diodes with “memory” and with feedback. It is shown that the boundary problem can be reduced to a system of difference equations with continuous time. For large times, solutions of these equations tend to piecewise constant asymptotic periodic wave functions which represent chain of shock waves with finite or infinite points of discontinuities on a period. Applications to the optical systems with linear media and nonlinear surface optical properties with feedback have been done. The results are compared with the experiment.

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Krasnyuk, I. (2016) Impulse Spatial-Temporal Domains in Semiconductor Laser with Feedback. Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics, 4, 1714-1730. doi: 10.4236/jamp.2016.49180.

1. Introduction

We consider semiconductor lasers or laser diodes [1] - [11] . The laser is inverted carrier density system. There exist carrier generation and recombination that is when electrons interact with hole, they recombine. The energy released can be produced by thermal recombination or optical photon recombination which is used in semiconductor lasers. An electronic oscillator is an electronic circuit that produces a periodic signal. Oscillators convert direct current to an alternative current signal. We use the feedback oscillator which can increase amplitudes of signal.

We consider “surface” oscillator which can be described mathematically by the functional or dynamic boundary conditions with feedback of the following form:


where is the corresponding amplitude of input signal, and is the am- plitude of output signal. Here, are given nonlinear functions which model the transform of signal with help of laser diodes or bipolar junction transistor. Next, we can use semiconductor laser with nonlinear layer which produces the process of recombination of electrons and holes, and the density of radiation. For surface inverse system, this process of recombination can be given by nonlinear function with feedback. Such nonlinearity may be produced by heating.

There are different physical mechanisms which can convert an optical signal. We consider an “deal” resonator when conversion of signal with feedback takes place at walls which confines the resonator. It will be shown that nonlinear surface optical properties of material produce in the volume of ideal resonator asymptotic periodic piecewise constant wave structures with finite or infinite number of “jumps” of am- plitude. Such distributions of electron, holes and radiation together represent shock waves. If a number of “jumps” are finite on a period, we have dealt asymptotic dis- tributions of relaxation type as time. If this number is infinite countable or infinite uncountable on a period, we get limit shock waves of pre-turbulent and turbulent type, correspondingly. Such periodic shock waves take place in -type semiconductor lasers.

A corresponding mathematical model can be described for semiconductors with “memory” by a system of diffusion equations with delay arguments with dynamic nonlinear boundary conditions. To be more precise, the structure of shock waves depends not only on surface structure of material, which is described mathematically by the boundary conditions, but also from the initial data of the boundary problem that is from initial distribution of electrons, holes and density of radiation in the semi- conductor laser.

In last years, in physics studied the nonlinear interaction of light which can mimic the physics at so called an event horizon. As shown in [6] , this analogue arises when a weak probe wave is unable to pass through an intense soliton, despite propagating at a different velocity. These dynamics arise as a soliton-induced refractive index barrier. In all papers this barrier characterizes the volume optic properties of linear boundary conditions. In this paper, we consider the opposite problem when the optical medium is ideal or linear, but boundaries of the medium have the nonlinear optic properties, and describe, for example, the all-optical transistor [5] . It may be also a case when a bright soliton is passing through the soliton. In this case, the intensity of light depends on the refractive index. Thus, the soliton creates a moving refractive index’s perturbations which passage through the another soliton [1] [8] . This interaction between such surface solitons plays the main role of distributions of the light in the linear medium with nonlinear surface interaction. Thus for the ideal medium the main

role plays the surface nonlinear refractive index. In ( [5] , Figure 1) has been mimicked two spectral modes of solitons when the mode-locked laser diode generate picosecond solitons. This generation will be described as a functional boundary conditions with feadback generated these solitons. As noted in [1] , “intense pulse of light may be used to create an effective flowing medium which mimics certain properties of black hole physics”. Of course, analogues models can be realized in very different physical systems.

In this paper, an initial value boundary problem (IVBP) of system of two linear wave equations with nonlinear boundary conditions has been considered. Solutions of this problem describes the propagation of density of optical radiation (on a given frequency) and electron carriers in one-dimensional in the ideal semiconductor rod with optical defects at the ends. For example, the corresponding mathematical model describes the wave distributions of the density of radiation of photons and electron density in an ideal semiconductor. The semiconductor is confined by two flat walls which emit or absorb light. The probability of absorption or emission of photons depend on the surface density of the radiation and the surface density of electrons in a nonlinear manner. Diffusion in semiconductors is one-dimensional and one is directed orthogonal to the flat walls. Thus, the initial boundary value problem for the two linear wave type equations with nonlinear boundary conditions will be considered. This problem models different optical phenomena as white and black solitons, propagation of light in resonator with feedback connection between beams at walls and so on.

In this paper, we study the structure of attractor of the IVBP. The IVBP admits a

Figure 1. Solutions of turbulent type with the limit cantor set of points of discontinuities on a period. Phase portrait for simplest solutions of relaxation type (white and black solitons).

reduction to a differential-difference equations (DDE). We restrict ourselves to the case when the corresponding DDE are completely integrable. Indeed, among the differential- functional equations [12]


where A is a differential operator, are delay arguments, there are a class of equations which admit decomposition on the finite product of differential and functional operators. Such equations are called equations with splitting operators [12] . The study of such equations reduces to a serial study of differential and functional equations. To this class belong to the so-called completely integrable equations [12] such that, where is a differential operator and is a functional op- erator. For example, the equation


is a completely integrable. Here, and, where is some primitive of the function f. By integrating this equation can be reduced to one-parameter family of difference equations (DE) with continuous time:


where c is some integrating constant. In general, the completely integrable equation


can be reduced to the family of functional non-autonomous equations


where is a solution of the ODE


We consider distributions in a semiconductor in the region, where is the density of radiation on a given frequency. The boundary conditions at have the form:


where are continuously differentiable functions. Define one of the integrating factor of Equation (8). Then, after multiplying on, Equation (8) can be written as:


Since all the integrating factor described by the formula, where is

smooth function, there is a function F such that. Then from (9) it follows that


Let’s consider at the initial boundary value problem



with the boundary conditions


and the initial conditions


Here, and are response times of the carrier density radiation density corre- sponding to external perturbations in the semiconductor. is an absorption coefficient, is an emission coefficient; and are diffusion coefficient. Such approach previously applied to the study of binary alloys on the example of Kahn- Hilliard equation with delay argument to applications to binary mixtures [13] - [16] and to binary polymer blends [17] - [19] . Such problem describes by hyperbolic equations. Evolution of distributions satisfies to the so-called Non-Fickian diffusion and and this distributions represent “tau approximation” for numerical turbulence [20] . Below these idea will be applied to the modelling of carriers distributions in semiconductor lasers. At first, such approach has been considered by Maxwell (see, [21] ).

Thus, we consider asymptotic behavior of solutions for this of linear uncoupled equations with nonlinear dynamic boundary conditions. We define conditions on parameters, boundary functions and the initial conditions where there are asymptotic periodic piecewise constant solutions with finite or infinite points of discontinuities on a period. The paper is organized as follows.

2. Formulation of Problem

Consider a uniform rod such that the axis (Oz-axis) extends monochromatic radiation, characterized by the frequency so that so that the density of the radiation is. Let be a density of the light flow at a point x and let the rod has an active and nonactive centers that are capable of absorbing radiation at the frequency. Then the active centers emission process is accompanied by opposite process so that the resultant absorption is determined by the competition of these processes. Nonactive absorption centers (on frequency) are not accompanied by the emission: for such absorbtion we can formally include the scattering of radiation in the rod, which leads to energy loss through the side surface (see, [22] , p. 11).

So we write the Burger law


where is the linear absorption coefficient on active centers, is the corre- sponding coefficient in the inactive centers. Note that the competition transitions (absorption and stimulated emission) can lead to a negative value. In this case, the optical parameter of the medium describe the negative absorption, i.e., the increase in radiation. Due to the nonlinear optical effect (in the centers), , where G is a given nonlinear function (see, [22] , p. 11).

The corresponding model equation for densities of electrons and radiation is:



where and are positive or negative values. The diffusion coefficient, given that the charged particles are diffused and the Coulomb forces prevent diffusion can be associated with a carrier concentration by the formula:


where and are the diffusion coefficients for electrons and holes. We assume that that is coefficient is constant.

Let and, where l is the size of system and are times of relaxations, correspondingly. Then these equations can be written as




Now, instead of diffusion Equation (19) and Equation (20), we consider the diffusion equations with delay arguments:



where and. Here, and are times of response of the system on outer perturbations, correspondingly.

These equations describes distributions of the number of electrons and radiation in semiconductor. We assume that the number of electrons and holes is constant. The rise times and corresponds to impulse response that is the reaction of dynamic system on some external change. We assume that and. Then these equations, with accuracy and can be written as:



Since, these equations can be written in the unification form:



Bellow index in will be omitted.

Note that the rise time can be determined by the formula


in the quadratic approximation, and by the formula


in the common case. Here, is the damping ratio and is the natural frequency of the network. The value is a dimensionless measure which describes how oscillations decay after perturbations.

Note that the rise time is derived from the assumption that the response of the medium at a time t determined by the field of the light wave at the same time t so that, where is the polarization, is an electric field. However, in fact it should be taken into account (inevitable) “inertness” of the medium. This means that the response of the polarization on an action of the field take place with delay time. Generally speaking, the time is not precisely defined Libenson (see, [22] , p. 28). So the polarization of the medium at a time t to be determined by the wave field in all previous times, where the delay is positive.

Let us consider for Equation (25) the dynamic boundary conditions


and the Neumann boundary conditions



and the initial conditions


Let the solutions are



where and. Substituting (33), (33) into (25), (26), we obtain

the equations


From (33), (33) it follows that Equations (35) can be written as



Without loss of generality, we assume that. Then from (42), (42) it follows that





From the Neumann boundary conditions it follows that


where. Let . Then .

Now from (38) it follows that


Integrating this equation from to, we obtain that


Next, integrating the equation


from to, we obtain that


From (44), (46) it follows that


Then from the dynamic boundary conditions it follows that


From (42) it follows that Equation (48) can be written as


where. Without loss of generality, we assume that. Then Equ- ation (49) can be written as


Let. We assume that where I is an interval. In structural stable maps form an open dense subset. Then a set of periodic points of is where is finite and is finite or countable. In the structural stable case, a separator D is


where is closure. D is uncountable if and only if has circles with periods. If has circles with periods, then D is coun- table.

Let is an initial function for Equation (50). Then from (50) we can find a solution of this equation on the interval and so on. This solution is bounded for if as. If this solution is continuous for all. The set is closed and nowhere dense in the interval I. The Lebesgue measure of the set is zero on I. For almost all h, the solutions of Equation (50) tends to periodic piecewise constat function with finite, countable or uncountable points of discontinuities on periods.

3. Example 1

Let. Then


where. If, for each we obtain that

. Hence, solutions exists for any.

If, then all solutions of Equation (52) tends to infinity as. If,

then as. If, then as. If

, then D is countable set with with a finite set of points of accumulation. In this case, we have deal with solutions of pre-turbulent type. If, then D is the Cantor set and we have deal with solutions of turbulent type.

4. Reduction to Difference Equations

From the boundary conditions



and the representation of solution in the form



it follows that



From the boundary conditions



it follows that



From the Neumann boundary conditions



it follows that


for a special choice of the initial conditions at the points


Then functional Equations (57), (58) and (61), (62) can be written as:



where and.

Let us assume that and. Then from (67), (68) it follows that



We got the system of difference equations with continuous time. This system

produce a map, depending on parameters and, where and.

We assume that there is a bounded open subset such that, where is a continuous map such that: 1) differential is continuous on the set G; 2) a set is finite for each; 3) a set of non-wandering points of the map is finite and hyperbolic. Further, let is a spectre of operator B. If is finite, then: 4), where is a set of fixed points of the map; for all points of the map we have that for each. The hyperbolic property means that if and, where r is a natural number, then, where is the empty set.

We will consider continuous solutions of system (69), (70). Such solutions are produced by the set of initial functions such that. From these assumptions it follows that for some natural N and, where are the sets of attractive, repelling and saddle fixed points of the map. Then, where is a stable of a fixed point a of the map. It means that each point is attracted by one circle of the map.



where, and for each. For each we define N-periodic piecewise constant function by the formula


where. Then any solution of system is asymptotic periodic and such that


for each fixed point, where. The function is non- invertible on the set


5. Example 2

Consider the system



where. This system produce the map such that


The set of non-wandering points of the map is, where is a fixed point of the map.

Let us define the initial curve


where the vector-function is determined by the initial data of the initial value boundary problem.

If the map has not fixed points and, hence, for each initial curve in given in the interval, solutions of the problem is such that as. For each point go out from the interval under an action of iterations of the map. Here, , where is the repelling fixed point of the map. It means that each component of the solution tends to infinity as.

The solutions are bounded if and only if. For the fixed points are and. Indeed, if, then there is such that. Then. If is commensurate with (that is is irreducible fraction). In this case, there are numbers k and i such that. Then, beginning from some number, we obtain a circle. For almost all (with respect of the Lebesque measure), the sequence is uniformly distributed in the interval.

There is a set such that for almost trajectories are placed on everywhere dense. The trajectories on are unstable, but the set are stable generally. It means that attracts almost all trajectories from its neighbourhoods. For the set is the interval. It means that any solution tends as to a function, where and. This function is equal on the interval for each given. The number of oscillations increase infinitely as. Such behaviour of trajectories exists not only for, but for continuum values of. If, then and there is the fixed attractive point on this interval. It means that as. If, then the fixed point become repelling, but instead on appears an attractive circle of the period 2 which consists from the two points. For the two-dimensional map it means that the set of attractive fixed points is. The set of saddle fixed points consists from the unique point. Then vectors, corresponding to these eigenvalues, are and (Figure 2). If, then for the map has an attractive circle of the period, but all another circles are repelling. For the system of difference equations it means that tends to a -periodic piecewise constant function and tends to zero.

6. Physical Dynamic Boundary Conditions

Let us consider the following model [2] :, where is refractive index, is the strength of the nonlinearities, is the threshold intensity. We

Figure 2. Phase portrait for simplest solutions of relaxation type (white and black solitons). -attractive fixed points, -saddle point of co-dimensional 1.

study propagation of a spatially incoherent, quasi-monochromatic and linearly po- larized light beam in a linear photopic lattice with a non-instantaneous surface non- linearity. The electron field fluctuates on time scale much shorter than the response time of the nonlinearity [4] . The state of the system can be described by a function, where E is the electric field, is the value which is conjugate to the value E.

Now we show how can be postulated nonlinear boundary conditions. For plane waves the density is defined as


where c is velocity of light, is linear refractive index at low fields. The effective refractive index can be written as


Indeed, as noted in [10] : “the nonlinear effects in optical fiber occur either due to intensity dependence of refractive index of the medium or due to inelastic-scattering phenomenon”. There are various types of nonlinear effects based on self-phase modu- lation, cross-phase modulations and four-wave mixing. We consider the effect when the refractive index is the nonlinear function of the optical intensity. The power dependence describes the Kerr-effect [10] . Origin of nonlinearity is the unharmonic motion of electrons under the action of the polarization, which is induced by electric dipoles so that


where is the permittivity of vacuum and is susceptibility.

We assume that there is the surface polarization at a walls which confine the laser fiber. Then defects and color centers at the walls produce the second order gene- ralization. We confined itself by the study only the quadratic boundary conditions which describes wave type distributions of relaxation, pre-turbulent and turbulent type. Then the surface refractive index is. Then one of the boundary con- ditions can be written as


In similar form, we can consider more common boundary conditions. Then from (80) it follows that are bifurcations parameters. Formally, their changing leads to appearing of period doubling distributions bifurcations and, correspondingly, to ex- istence of distributions of relaxation, pre-turbulent and turbulent type. We can con-

sider also the values and as bifurcations parameters.

From the formula it follows that we can use the approximation


for unless. Then the boundary conditions can be written as


if. Thus we obtain the problem with nonlinear boundary conditions which can be considered as above. Here, is a bifurcation parameter.

7. Applications to Semiconductor Lasers

In semiconductor lasers, the intersection field matter is realized through the carrier density n which satisfies to the equation [3] :


where, j is the injection current, q is the electron charge, v is active volume of the device, is lifetime of the carriers, g is optical gain in cm−1, and D is the diffusion coefficient.

We assume that device is placed at a point, and the Neumann boundary condition


Next, we assume that the media of semiconductor laser is ideal that is light propagates throw the media without changing of amplitude along lines, where V is velocity of propagation of light. The we can consider phenomenological dynamic boundary condition


We assume that


where is the carrier density at transparency, is the gain compress factor. As noted in [3] : “the actual dependence of the gain on the field density is still object of controversy”. Note that in the paper [3] has been considered the case.

Next, we consider, additionally, the boundary conditions


that is at.

On the other hand, from the theory of the injection locking it follows that


where are constants. Assuming that at, we obtain the right boundary condition


Thus we get the dynamic boundary conditions. Applying the method of reduction corresponding initial value boundary problem to a system of difference equations, we obtain that the problem has solutions of relaxation, pre-turbulent and turbulent type for a special case of the coefficients and so on.

8. Comparison with Experiment

In [9] has beeb discusses the dynamics of modulation surface directed instability and periodic waves in the coupled linear equations which describes light propagation in dispersed Kerr media. New spatial-temporal periodic solutions are found for these equations. As noted in [9] : there is “the fundamental link which exists between the phenomenon of polarization instability and the so-called black and white vector solitons”. From this point of view, the asymptotic periodic spatial-temporal periodic solutions obtained in our paper are not the solitons, because solitons exists due to a balance between surface induced injection of radiation into optic media and volume radiation. Surface radiation with feedback can be modeled by laser diode. The balance can be achived only asymptotically as. We obtain white and black asymptotic impulse the form of which determined by the form of surface induced impulse. In this case, parameters of surface absorption and emission are bifurcation parameter which define the period and the frequency oscillations on the period white and black “solitons” [11] .

Spatial solitons were experimentally observed in 1997 by Mitchel and Segev (see, [11] ). Such solitons arise from incoherent white light and these solitons appears as a dynamic balance between the tendency for the beam to expend as a result of diffraction and the property of beam to contract as a result of self focusing. In [23] has been demonstrated solitons which can be obtained from both the spatially and temporally incoherent light. But, as noted in [11] , the corresponding theory can not explain spatial-temporal coherence properties and also properties of temporal spectral density of such solitons. We believe that the initial value boundary problem, which is con- sidered in the present paper, may be useful to describe formal properties of spatial- temporal solitons and their spectral properties.

9. Conclusion

In this paper, we analyze the dynamic of surface, and induce nonlinear instability in ideal optic volume producing light propagation, reflected from walls, which confines an ideal resonator. The problem is described by two linear difference equations with nonlinear dynamic boundary conditions for density of radiations and density of photons in the resonator. It is shown that deriving from the form of the boundary con- ditions with feedback we can obtain distributions of the light of relaxation, pre- turbulent and turbulent type.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.


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