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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 12 — Jun. 5, 2000
  • pp: 227–235

A thin film of short oriented linear Frenkel chains as an optical bistable element

Victor A. Malyshev and Enrique Conejero Jarque  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 6, Issue 12, pp. 227-235 (2000)

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A numerical study of reflectivity and transmittivity of an ensemble of short oriented linear Frenkel chains, which forms a thin film with a thickness of the order of an optical wavelength, is carried out. The eigenstates of a single chain are considered to be of a collective (excitonic) origin. A distribution of chains over lengths resulting in inhomogeneous broadening of the exciton optical transition is taken into account. We report a bistable behavior of both reflectivity and transmittivity of the film in a spectral domain close to the exciton resonance, caused by saturation of the nonlinear refraction index. Estimates of driving parameters show that thin films of oriented J-aggregates of polymethine dyes deposited on a dielectric substrate seem to be a suitable object for observation of the predicted behavior.

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OCIS Codes
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials
(230.1150) Optical devices : All-optical devices

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: May 3, 2000
Published: June 5, 2000

Victor Malyshev and Enrique Jarque, "A thin film of short oriented linear Frenkel chains as an optical bistable element," Opt. Express 6, 227-235 (2000)

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