Bistable optical behavior of a nonlinear attenuated total reflection device: Resonant excitation of nonlinear guided modes

Reinisch, R.; Arlot, P.; Vitrant, G.; Pic, E.
December 1985
Applied Physics Letters;12/15/1985, Vol. 47 Issue 12, p1248
Academic Journal
We study the prism excitation of a nonlinear waveguide. The nonlinear medium is the substrate which exhibits Kerr effect. Our results show that such a device experiences optical bistability. We also show that there exists a close link between optical bistability and resonant excitation of nonlinear guided modes propagating along this nonlinear waveguide.


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