Guidoni, L., Mannella, R., Isaia, V. et al. Il Nuovo Cimento D (1995) 17: 803. doi:10.1007/BF02451837
We have investigated, experimentally and theoretically, the occurrence of stochastic resonance (SR) in a laser with saturable absorber: a non-linear optical system presenting optical bistability and self-pulsed regimes for the laser output intensity. In the optical-bistability regime we have obtained an excellent demonstration of SR by studying Fourier spectra and residence time distributions; operating just below the Hopf bifurcation that originates pulsed periodic regime we have obtained experimental evidence of the SR phenomenon. For operation close to the Hopf bifurcation, the theoretical analysis (performed through numerical simulations) has demonstrated that simultaneous presence of noise and periodic forcing generates excursions far from equilibrium; from the locking between these excursions and periodic forcing the SR phenomenon may arise.
Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, and Brownian motion