The coupled traveling wave model is a popular tool for investigating longitudinal dynamical effects in semiconductor lasers, for example, sensitivity to delayed optical feedback. This model consists of a hyperbolic linear system of partial differential equations with one spatial dimension, which is nonlinearly coupled with a slow subsystem of ordinary differential equations. We first prove the basic statements about the existence of solutions of the initial-boundary-value problem and their smooth dependence on initial values and parameters. Hence, the model constitutes a smooth infinite-dimensional dynamical system. Then we exploit this fact and the particular slow-fast structure of the system to construct a low-dimensional attracting invariant manifold for certain parameter constellations. The flow on this invariant manifold is described by a system of ordinary differential equations that is accessible to classical bifurcation theory and numerical tools like such as AUTO.
Additional information: Preprint submitted to Elsevier Science
Sponsorship: The research of J.S. was partially supported by the the Collaborative Research Center 555 "Complex Nonlinear Processes" of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), and by EPSRC grant GR/R72020/01. The author thanks
Mark Lichtner and Bernd Krauskopf for discussions and their helpful suggestions.
- laser dynamics, strongly continuous semigroup