Active Two-Beam Optical Bistability

  • G. P. Agrawal
  • C. Flytzanis


The principle of bistable operation with two independent input optical beams is presented. The nonlinear medium inside a Fabry-Perot resonator is in two-photon resonance with the beams. The steady-state transmission characteristics of the bistable device are derived in the absorptive and the dispersive regimes. One has an active control over the switching intensities through the second beam.


Nonlinear Medium Nonlinear Susceptibility Optical Bistability Detuning Parameter Bistable Behaviour 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. P. Agrawal
    • 1
  • C. Flytzanis
    • 2
  1. 1.QuantelOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Laboratoire d’Optique QuantiqueEcole PolytechniquePalaiseauFrance

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