Optical bistability near the optical Freedericksz transition

F. Marquis, P. Meystre

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We discuss dispersive optical bistability near the intrinsic second-order-type optical Freedericksz transition in a nematic liquid crystal. The combined effects of this intrinsic transition and of the first-order-type phase transition imposed by the feedback mechanism, here a Fabry-Perot resonator, leads to novel effects absent from conventional bistable system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-412
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 15 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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