Photorefractive saturable absorptive and dispersive optical bistability

Shimon Weiss, Baruch Fischer

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It is shown that photorefractive wave-mixing gives saturable gain, saturable absorption and Kerr-like nonlinear phase retardation. An analogy between photorefractive two-beam coupling and two-level atom system is then drawn. We investigate optical bistability in a ring cavity, utilizing these phenomena, and compare our results with classical absorptive and dispersive optical bistability.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)515-521
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number6
StatePublished - 15 Apr 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Foundation of Research in Electronics, Computers and Communications, Administrated by the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities, and a grant from the National Council for Research and Development, Israel, and the European Economic Community.


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