Intracavity phase switching and phase-plane dynamics of a bistable optical device

K. Tai, H. M. Gibbs, Jerome V Moloney

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Abstract

Since the field inside an optical cavity is a complex quantity, analysis in the phase plane gives a deeper insight into its time evolution. This was emphasized by the findings of Hopf and Meystre. We have extended their numerical analysis to include the possibility of Ikeda instabilities, showing that parameters can be selected that avoid Ikeda instabilities but permit intracavity phase switching. Switching, both up and down, can always be accomplished by applying an external pulse which changes the cavity detuning for an appropriate number of round trips. Inclusion of diffraction effects in one transverse dimension does not prevent switching. Clear, preset, and flip-flop operations, analogous to electronic operations, can also be achieved by properly choosing the external control pulses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)297-302
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Communications
Volume43
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 1982

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Intracavity phase switching and phase-plane dynamics of a bistable optical device. / Tai, K.; Gibbs, H. M.; Moloney, Jerome V.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 43, No. 4, 15.10.1982, p. 297-302.

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