Published/Posted: February 12, 2012

Authors: Murphy, T. E.

Abstract: Synchronization is a widespread phenomenon that is observed in both natural and engineered systems. From fireflies to fiber optics and phase-locked loops, the ability of systems of interconnected entities to synchronize is crucial to proper function. Surprisingly, even chaotic systems, which exhibit highly aperiodic behavior and sensitive dependence on initial conditions, can synchronize when two or more systems are connected. In this talk, I will discuss recent experimental studies of chaotic synchronization in optical networks. Our research seeks to develop new ways to control and exploit the process of synchronization even when the network is changing, and to understand the role of network topology in achieving synchronization

T. E. Murphy, "Chaotic Synchronization in Optical Networks" George Mason University School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences Colloquium (February 16, 2012)