Kinks: Longitudinal excitation discontinuities in increasing absorption optical bistability

H. M. Gibbs, G. R. Olbright, N. Peyghambarian, H. E. Schmidt, S. W. Koch, H. Haug

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Abstract

Longitudinal excitation discontinuities (kinks) that arise from partial-sample switching in increasing absorption bistability are predicted theoretically and observed in a sharp-cut color filter. The kinks give rise to a sawtooth output temporal dependence for a triangular input shape. Kinks are an emphatic illustration of the local nature of increasing absorption bistability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)692-694
Number of pages3
JournalPhysical Review A
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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