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.
|Number of pages
|Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
|Published - Jun 1985
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics