Focusing-defocusing effects for diffusion-dominated bistable optical arrays

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The optical bistability of Fabry-Perot cavities and optical arrays in the presence of diffraction and diffusion are studied using a mathematical model consisting of a nonlinear Schrodinger equations. The bistability is found to vary for different types of nonlinearity. The performance of the model array can be significantly altered by the diffractive effects, with striking differences in performance between focusing and defocusing systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1087-1098
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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