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  • Vol. 41, Iss. 15 — May. 20, 2002
  • pp: 2935–2943

Low-intensity optical bistability in an active Fabry-Perot mirror induced by input-phase-insensitive parametric downconversion

Alessio Bosco, Eugenio Fazio, Mario Bertolotti, Crina Cojocaru, and Jordi Martorell  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 41, Issue 15, pp. 2935-2943 (2002)

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A Fabry-Perot resonator filled with second-order nonlinear optical material is investigated. Attention is devoted to making the resonator act as a nonlinear mirror for ultralow-intensity light signals that can be switched by a control beam at the second-harmonic frequency. The interaction process is an input-phase-independent parametric downconversion. The theoretical problem is solved through implementation of a dummy variable method optimized for a parametric process. Efficient amplification and bistability of low-intensity signals have been found.

© 2002 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4410) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, parametric processes

Original Manuscript: August 24, 2001
Revised Manuscript: February 1, 2001
Published: May 20, 2002

Alessio Bosco, Eugenio Fazio, Mario Bertolotti, Crina Cojocaru, and Jordi Martorell, "Low-intensity optical bistability in an active Fabry-Perot mirror induced by input-phase-insensitive parametric downconversion," Appl. Opt. 41, 2935-2943 (2002)

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