Abstract

One of the defining characteristics of excitability is the existence of an excitable threshold: the minimum perturbation amplitude necessary to produce an excitable response. We analyze an optically injected dual state quantum dot laser, previously shown to display a dual state stochastic excitable dynamic. We show that deterministic triggering of this dynamic can be achieved via optical phase perturbations. Further, we demonstrate that there are in fact two asymmetric excitable thresholds in this system corresponding to the two possible directions of optical phase perturbations. For fast enough perturbations, an excitable interval arises, and there is a limit to the perturbation amplitude, above which excitations no longer arise, a phenomenon heretofore unobserved in studies of excitability.

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