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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: 29 July 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0269, Integrated Optics I, (29 July 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959956
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)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0269:
Integrated Optics I
Esther Krikorian; Harold M. Stoll, Editor(s)

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