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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 7 — Jul. 1, 2000
  • pp: 1188–1196

All-optical switching in a high- Q Fabry–Perot cavity filled with a quadratic material

G. D'Aguanno, E. Angelillo, C. Sibilia, M. Scalora, and M. Bertolotti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 17, Issue 7, pp. 1188-1196 (2000)

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A theoretical analysis of the nonlinear quadratic interaction between two monochromatic plane waves at frequencies ω and 2ω in a Fabry–Perot cavity shows that all-optical control of reflectivity and transmissivity of the fundamental beam is possible under suitable conditions. We report all-optical switching of the fundamental beam for cavity lengths that vary from a few micrometers to a few millimeters. Specifically, we show that 100% all-optical switching can occur for a 6-µm cavity when the nonlinear coefficient is not greater than 20 pm/V and the input intensity does not exceed 10 GW/cm2. Our analytical results are obtained without use of the slowly varying envelope approximation and without resort to the undepleted-pump approximation.

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(190.2620) Nonlinear optics : Harmonic generation and mixing
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices

G. D'Aguanno, E. Angelillo, C. Sibilia, M. Scalora, and M. Bertolotti, "All-optical switching in a high- Q Fabry–Perot cavity filled with a quadratic material," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 17, 1188-1196 (2000)

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