Optical bistability in nonlinear periodic structures.


Optical switching and optical bistability and multistability are observed experimentally with a nonlinear periodic structure. The periodic dielectric is a colloidal crystal that exhibits a large electrostrictive nonlinearity. The transmission characteristics of these crystals as a function of incident intensity are presented for several different frequencies of light within the stopgap of the periodic structures.

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@article{Herbert1993OpticalBI, title={Optical bistability in nonlinear periodic structures.}, author={Christopher J. Herbert and Michelle S. Malcuit}, journal={Optics letters}, year={1993}, volume={18 21}, pages={1783-5} }