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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering