Abstract

Optical chaos generated by chaotic lasers has been widely used in several important applications, such as chaos-based communications and high-speed random-number generators. However, these applications are susceptible to degradation by the presence of time-delay (TD) signature identified from the chaotic output. Here we propose to achieve the concealment of TD signature, along with the enhancement of chaos bandwidth, in three-cascaded vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). The cascaded system is composed of an external-cavity master VCSEL, a solitary intermediate VCSEL, and a solitary slave VCSEL. Through mapping the evolutions of TD signature and chaos bandwidth in the parameter space of the injection strength and frequency detuning, photonic generation of polarization-resolved wideband chaos with TD concealment is numerically demonstrated for wide regions of the injection parameters.

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