Transverse effects in absorptive optical bistability

Jerome V Moloney, M. Sargent, H. M. Gibbs

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Abstract

Absorptive bistability loops are computed for a laser beam with a gaussian input spatial profile incident on a unidirectional ring cavity containing a saturable nonlinear medium. Sharp radially dependent switching with wide bistable loops is predicted for large Fresnel numbers. Intermediate Fresnel numbers result in whole beam switching with significant narrowing of the associated bistable loops. At low Fresnel numbers, bistability can disappear. Radially integrated hysteresis loops differ quantitatively from plane-wave predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)289-292
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 15 1983

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Optical bistability
optical bistability
Hysteresis loops
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beam switching
plane waves
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laser beams
cavities
rings
profiles
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Transverse effects in absorptive optical bistability. / Moloney, Jerome V; Sargent, M.; Gibbs, H. M.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 44, No. 4, 15.01.1983, p. 289-292.

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Moloney, Jerome V ; Sargent, M. ; Gibbs, H. M. / Transverse effects in absorptive optical bistability. In: Optics Communications. 1983 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 289-292.
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