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

D. C. Hutchings, A. D. Lloyd, I. Janossy, 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 - márc. 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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