A bistable optical system with distributed nonlinear elements is proposed. Novel functions are derived from the collective nature of the optical elements. Collective phenomena including spatial period-doubling bifurcations, hierarchical multistabilities, and various types of cooperative all-optical flip-flop operations are predicted to take place in the proposed optical device.
© 1987 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 16, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: April 14, 1987
Published: August 1, 1987
Kenju Otsuka and Kensuke Ikeda, "Hierarchical multistability and cooperative flip-flop operation in a bistable optical system with distributed nonlinear elements," Opt. Lett. 12, 599-601 (1987)