Distribution of residence times in bistable noisy systems with time-delayed feedback

J. Houlihan, G. Huyet, Th Busch, S. P. Hegarty, D. Goulding, D. Curtin, C. Masoller

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We analyse theoretically and experimentally the residence time distribution of bistable systems in the presence of noise and time-delayed feedback. The feedback provides a memory mechanism for the system which leads to non-Markovian dynamics. We demonstrate and explain various non-exponential features of the residence time distribution using a two-state as well as a continuous model. The experimental results are based on a Schmitt Trigger where the feedback is provided by a computer generated delay loop and on a semiconductor laser with opto-electronic feedback.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-406
Number of pages14
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2004
Externally publishedYes
EventNoise in Complex Systems and Stochastic Dynamics II - Maspalomas
Duration: 26 May 200428 May 2004


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