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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 1988
  • pp: 1769–1771

Optical bistability and switching in nonresonant GaAs:Cr self-electrooptic effect devices

Dieter Jager, Wilhelm Niessen, Franz Forsmann, Hugo Thienpont, and Roger van Geen  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 27, Issue 9, pp. 1769-1771 (1988)

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Using the thermal self-electrooptic effect, optical bistability is observed in a hybrid etalon of semi-insulating GaAs:Cr material at the nonresonant wavelength of 1.06 μm. The nonlinearity is traced back to a temperature-dependent index of refraction, largely enhanced by the optoelectronically induced electrical power arising from photocurrent flow. The optical absorption is attributed to bandtailing effects due to the trapping centers. Optoelectronic and gate operation between optical and electrical input signals is achieved.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 27, 1987
Published: May 1, 1988

Dieter Jager, Wilhelm Niessen, Franz Forsmann, Hugo Thienpont, and Roger van Geen, "Optical bistability and switching in nonresonant GaAs:Cr self-electrooptic effect devices," Appl. Opt. 27, 1769-1771 (1988)

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