Diffusion and diffraction in dispersive optical bistability

W. J. Firth, I. Galbraith, E. M. Wright

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We present some numerical calculations on the effect of diffusion and diffraction on the switching characteristics of bistable optical 6talons, together with an approximate analytic model demonstrating the major features and a discussion of switching waves in such systems. A diffusion length of one third of the input-beam spot size gives large hysteresis, whereas diffraction alone gives no hysteresis in first order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1005-1009
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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