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Optical Engineering

Optical Bistable Devices: The Basic Components Of All-Optical Systems?
Author(s): H. M. Gibbs; S. L. McCall; T. N. C. Venkatesan
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Paper Abstract

Intrinsic optical bistability experiments are reviewed and their contributions summarized. Very large nonlinearities in semiconductors give reason to hope that practical devices may evolve in the near future. Characteristics important for practical optical logic devices are discussed: size, temperature range, holding intensity, switching energy, switching times, and wavelength range and stability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1980
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 19(4) 194463 doi: 10.1117/12.7972544
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 19, Issue 4
Show Author Affiliations
H. M. Gibbs, Bell Laboratories (United States)
S. L. McCall, Bell Laboratories (United States)
T. N. C. Venkatesan, Bell Laboratories (United States)


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