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Phase switching in optical subharmonic generation: an alternate bistable operation of a nonlinear Fabry-Perot resonator
Author(s): Horatiu Totia; Marius Micluta
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we present a theory of optical subharmonic generation in a nonlinear Fabry-Perot resonator. Our approach, based on classical electrodynamics, leads to a Mathieu-Hill-type equation. This enables us to describe the generation of optical subharmonic oscillation in terms of a general formalism used to account for parametric phenomena, and to outline the possibility of using a nonlinear Fabry-Perot resonator as a memory device able to store the phase of a signal. The oscillation threshold condition is discussed and the rate of amplitude rise at start-up is evaluated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 March 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2461, ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics, (8 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.203549
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Horatiu Totia, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)
Marius Micluta, Institute of Atomic Physics (Romania)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2461:
ROMOPTO '94: Fourth Conference in Optics

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