Phase-switching of a dispersive non-linear interferometer

F. A. Hopf, P. Meystre

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The phase-space relevant to the discussion of the dynamics of a dispersive non-linear interferometer is studied theoretically. The regimes of higher order optical bistability and of optical multistability are also considered. We perform a phase-space analysis to show that phase switching is possible in these regimes. However, it can in general be used only to switch the system down to lower transmission steady-states or in first order bistability. In this last case, the interest of phase switching becomes marginal when high transmission mirrors are considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-230
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1980

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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