Theory of optical bistability in metal mirrored fabry-perot cavities containing thermo-optic materials

D. C. Hutchings, A. D. Lloyd, I. Jánossy, B. S. Wherrett

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Abstract

We present and analyse a new method for achieving all-optical bistability, in metal mirrored Fabry-Perot cavities containing thermo-optic material. It is shown how "butterfly" bistability is achieved in metal/metal mirrored cavities. Optimisation for low switching powers is considered for a dielectric/metal mirrored cavity. The use of nematic liquid crystals with such a system makes submilliwatt switching powers easily achievable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-350
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1 1987

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Optical bistability
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Theory of optical bistability in metal mirrored fabry-perot cavities containing thermo-optic materials. / Hutchings, D. C.; Lloyd, A. D.; Jánossy, I.; Wherrett, B. S.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 61, No. 5, 01.03.1987, p. 345-350.

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Hutchings, D. C. ; Lloyd, A. D. ; Jánossy, I. ; Wherrett, B. S. / Theory of optical bistability in metal mirrored fabry-perot cavities containing thermo-optic materials. In: Optics Communications. 1987 ; Vol. 61, No. 5. pp. 345-350.
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