We study the effect of noise on the dynamics of passively mode-locked semiconductor lasers both experimentally and theoretically. A method combining analytical and numerical approaches for estimation of pulse timing jitter is proposed. We investigate how the presence of dynamical features such as wavelength bistability in a quantum-dot laser affects timing jitter.
Bibliographical noteFunding: SFB 787, project B5, and grant 14-41-00044; EU FP7 IEF HARMOFIRE project, Grant No. 299288; IRC Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship, grant GOIPD/2014/228 (TUSELAMO); EU FP7 ITN PROPHET, Grant No. 264687; SFI E.T.S. Walton Visitors Award, grant 11/W.1/I2073; SFI Contract No. 11/PI/1152;
HEA PRTLI Cycle 5 Structured Ph.D. Programme INSPIRE; and NSF grant DMS1413223.