Abstract

We demonstrate numerically that a semiconductor laser subjected to phase-conjugate feedback (PCF) can exhibit an enhancement in the complexity of chaos by comparison to conventional optical feedback. Using quantifiers from spectral analysis and information theory, we demonstrate that under similar parametric conditions, PCF exhibits a larger chaotic bandwidth and higher spectral flatness and statistical complexity. These properties are of utmost importance for applications in secure communications and random number generation.

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