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Switching Of Reflection Of Light At Nonlinear Interfaces
Author(s): A. E. Kaplan; P. W. Smith; W. J. Tomlinson
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Paper Abstract

The reflection of light at the interface between linear and nonlinear media can provide fundamentally novel nonlinear effects such as nonlinear switching from total internal reflection to partial transmission, bleaching of the interface, and bistability. The nonlinear interface is the simplest switching and bistable optical device. Unlike bistable Fabry-Perot resonators, it allows one to use broadband sources of light and remove resonant restrictions on frequency tuning, and offers potentials to attain high operating speed. Experimental demonstration of those effects shows good agreement with some of the predictions of plane-wave theory. Some of the experimental results as well as computer simulation, however, show a new feature of the phenomenon which requires further exploration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 1982
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0317, Integrated Optics and Millimeter and Microwave Integrated Circuits, (2 August 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.933122
Show Author Affiliations
A. E. Kaplan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
P. W. Smith, Bell Laboratories (United States)
W. J. Tomlinson, Bell Laboratories (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0317:
Integrated Optics and Millimeter and Microwave Integrated Circuits
Bob D. Guenther; William Pittman, Editor(s)

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