David W. Sukow Robert Lee Telford Professor of Physics and Engineering

David W. Sukow

Howe 218
On leave Winter '16


Ph.D. in Physics - Duke University
M.A. in Physics - Duke University
B.A. in Physics - Gustavus Adolphus College


Performs experimental research on nonlinear dynamics and chaos in semiconductor lasers.  Current projects include the creation of high-speed optical squarewaves, with potential applications to atomic clocks and optical digital logic.  Recent work has involved chaos control and chaos synchronization in semiconductor lasers.

Selected Publications

"Square-wave switching in vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers with polarization-rotated optical feedback: Experiments and simulations," David W. Sukow, Taylor Gilfillan, Brenton Pope, Maria S. Torre, Athanasios Gavrielides, and Cristina Masoller.  Physical Review A, vol. 86, p. 033818 (2012).

"Simple and complex square waves in an edge-emitting diode laser with polarization-rotated optical feedback," Athansios Gavrielides, David W. Sukow, Guinevere Burner, Taylor McLachlan, John Miller, and Jake Amonette, Physical Review E, vol. 81, p. 056209 (2010).

"Asymmetric square-waves in mutually-coupled semiconductor lasers with orthogonal optical injection," David W. Sukow, Athanasios Gavrielides, Thomas Erneux, Benjamin Mooneyham, Karen Lee, Jake McKay, and Josiah Davis, Physical Review E Rapid Communications, vol. 81, 025206R (2010).