Theory of Gaussian-beam optical bistability

W. J. Firth, E. M. Wright

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We describe an analysis of transverse coupling effects in a plane parallel Fabry-Perot containing a medium exhibiting non-linear refraction. The method involves projection on to a set of ortho normal mode functions and numerical solution of the resulting coupled equations. We find evidence for hysteresis in the profile of the transmitted beam without accompanying power hysteresis, in first interference order.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-238
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1982

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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