Time-delayed systems are known to exhibit symmetric square waves oscillating with a period close to twice the delay. Here, we show that strongly asymmetric square waves of a period close to one delay are possible. The plateau lengths can be tuned by changing a control parameter. The problem is investigated experimentally and numerically using a simple bandpass optoelectronic delay oscillator modeled by nonlinear delay integrodifferential equations. An asymptotic approximation of the square-wave periodic solution valid in the large delay limit allows an analytical description of its main properties (extrema and square pulse durations). A detailed numerical study of the bifurcation diagram indicates that the asymmetric square waves emerge from a Hopf bifurcation.
- Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
- Dynamics of nonlinear optical systems
- optical instabilities optical chaos and complexity and optical spatio-temporal dynamics
- Delay and functional equations
- Bifurcation theory