We report the first demonstrations of cw submilliwatt optical bistability in metallic mirror cavities containing water, alcohol and other solvents. Such thermal bistability is also reported for a hybrid dielectric/metallic cavity containing the nematic liquid crystal 4-cyano-4'-pentylbiphenyl (also known as PCB, 5CB or K15), illuminated by a low power diode laser.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering