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Close-loop three-laser scheme for chaos-encrypted message transmission

: Annovazzi-Lodi, V.; Aromataris, G.; Benedetti, M.; Hamacher, M.; Merlo, S.; Vercesi, V.


Optical and Quantum Electronics 42 (2010), Nr.3, S.143-156
ISSN: 0306-8919
ISSN: 1572-817X
Fraunhofer HHI ()

In this paper, we numerically evaluate private data transmission using a three-laser scheme, consisting of a pair of twin semiconductor lasers, driven to chaos by delayed optical feedback in a short cavity, and optically injected by a third chaotic laser which forces them to synchronize. This laser is selected with different internal parameters with respect to the twin pair, so that the emissions of the synchronized, matched lasers, are highly correlated, whereas their correlation with the driver is low. The digital message modulates the emission of the transmitter, as in a standard Chaos Modulation scheme. Message recovery is then obtained by subtracting, from the transmitted chaos-masked message, the chaos, locally generated by the synchronized receiver laser. Simulations have been performed with the Lang-Kobayashi model, and, in view of application to private transmission, we have investigated the effect of the parameter mismatch, between transmitter and receiver, on message recovery. A preliminary experimental evaluation has been also performed using specially designed InP integrated modules.