Dynamics of Thermally Induced Optical Bistability

Istvan Janossy, J. Gordon, H. Mathew, Eitan Abraham, Mohammad R. Taghizadeh, S. Desmond Smith

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The steady-state model of thermally induced optical bistability, presented in a previous paper, is extended to describe transient phenomena. A nonlinear integral equation is derived which can be readily solved for arbitrary time dependence of the input power. We apply the model to switching processes in bistable ZnSe interference filters. The corresponding experimental results are found to be in good agreement with the theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2224-2229
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Janossy, I., Gordon, J., Mathew, H., Abraham, E., Taghizadeh, M. R., & Smith, S. D. (1986). Dynamics of Thermally Induced Optical Bistability. IEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics, 22(12), 2224-2229. https://doi.org/10.1109/JQE.1986.1072925