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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1997
  • pp: 588–592

Bistable prism coupler with both second- and third-order nonlinearities

Stefan Enoch and Hassan Akhouayri  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 3, pp. 588-592 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.14.000588


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Abstract

Bistability induced in a second-harmonic signal generated in the presence of the Kerr effect in a prism coupler is investigated. Using a rigorous solution provided by Maxwell's equations, we analyze this behavior, taking into account third-order nonlinearity (Kerr nonlinearity). Comparison with a Kerr-based bistable device shows the interest of quadratic nonlinearity for integrated optics. We show that the bistable behavior depends on the sign of third-order nonlinearity. The numerical simulations are presented for both an incident plane wave and a spatially limited incident beam.

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Stefan Enoch and Hassan Akhouayri, "Bistable prism coupler with both second- and third-order nonlinearities," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 588-592 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-14-3-588

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