Quantifying the degree of locking in weakly forced stochastic systems
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics (AIP)
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Controlling an stochastic nonlinear system with a small amplitude signal is a fundamental problem with many practical applications. Quantifying locking is challenging, and current methods, such as spectral or correlation analysis, do not provide a precise measure of the degree of locking. Here we study locking in an experimental system, consisting of a semiconductor laser with optical feedback operated in the regime where it randomly emits abrupt spikes. To quantify the locking of the optical spikes to small electric perturbations, we use two measures, the success rate (SR) and the false positive rate (FPR). The SR counts the spikes that are emitted shortly after each perturbation, while the FPR counts the additional extra spikes. We show that the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve (SR versus FPR plot) uncovers parameter regions where the electric perturbations fully control the laser spikes, such that the laser emits, shortly after each perturbation, one and only one spike. To demonstrate the general applicability of the ROC analysis we also study a stochastic bistable system under square-wave forcing and show that the ROC curve allows identifying the parameters that produce best locking.
CitationTiana-Alsina, J. [et al.]. Quantifying the degree of locking in weakly forced stochastic systems. "Physical review E", 12 Febrer 2019, vol. 99, núm. 2, p. 022207-1-022207-5.