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22 September 1987 Demonstration Of Optical Bistability By Resonant Excitation Of Nonlinear Guided Waves
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Proceedings Volume 0800, Novel Optoelectronic Devices; (1987)
Event: Fourth International Symposium on Optical and Optoelectronic Applied Sciences and Engineering, 1987, The Hague, Netherlands
A guided wave is launched through a nonlinear prism coupler whose prism-waveguide gap is filled with a liquid crystal. We observe that the intensity of the guided wave may exhibit optical bistability. Tests are realized which proove that the loops are true bistable cycles and not only hysteresis. The experimental results are in good agreement with plane-wave calculations. The disagreement with finite-width incident beam calculations is explained by a thermal averaging process within the liquid crystal.
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G. Vitrant, P. Arlot, and R. Reinisch "Demonstration Of Optical Bistability By Resonant Excitation Of Nonlinear Guided Waves", Proc. SPIE 0800, Novel Optoelectronic Devices, (22 September 1987);

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