Optical Bistability in CuCl

  • Bernd Hönerlage
  • Jean-Yves Bigot
  • Roland Levy


When using a nonlinear medium in a Fabry-Perot interferometer (F.P.), optical bistability is due to an intensity dependence of the real or imaginary part of the dielectric function1,2.


Switching Time Transmission Characteristic Optical Feedback Reference Pulse Interference Fringe Pattern 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernd Hönerlage
    • 1
  • Jean-Yves Bigot
    • 1
  • Roland Levy
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Spectroscopic et d’Optique du Corps SolideUniversité Louis PasteurStrasbourgFrance

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