Directionally asymmetrical bistability in a symmetrically pumped nonlinear ring interferometer

A. E. Kaplan, Pierre Meystre

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We consider a nonlinear ring resonator pumped symmetrically by two beams of equal intensities and opposite directions. We show that this system is characterized by a new directionally asymmetrical regime of multistability. This is due to the non-reciprocity of propagation of the counterpropagating waves in the resonator produced by a nonlinear index grating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)229-232
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1982
Externally publishedYes


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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