Abstract

We report experimentally and theoretically on the controllable inhibition of spiking regimes in a 1300 nm wavelength vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser. Reproducible suppression of spiking dynamics is demonstrated at fast operation speeds (up to sub-ns rates) and with total control on the temporal duration of the spiking inhibition windows. This Letter opens new paths toward a photonic inhibitory neuronal model system for use in future neuromorphic photonic information processing modules and which are able to operate at speeds up to 8 orders of magnitude faster than biological neurons.

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