Dissipative solitons depending on initial conditions

Spatio-temporal complexity in dual delay nonlinear laser dynamics: chimeras and dissipative solitons


We demonstrate for a nonlinear photonic system that two highly asymmetric feedback delays can induce a variety of emergent patterns which are highly robust during the system’s global evolution. Explicitly, two-dimensional chimeras and dissipative solitons become visible upon a space-time transformation. Switching between chimeras and dissipative solitons requires only adjusting two system parameters, demonstrating self-organization exclusively based on the system’s dynamical properties. Experiments were performed using a tunable semiconductor laser’s transmission through a Fabry-Perot resonator resulting in an Airy function as nonlinearity. Resulting dynamics were band-pass filtered and propagated along two feedback paths whose time delays differ by two orders of magnitude. An excellent agreement between experimental results and theoretical model given by modified Ikeda equations was achieved.