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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 1989
  • pp: 601–603

Potential optical gain with two crossed Fabry–Perot resonators: the influence of absorption

David A. Holm and Barbara A. Capron  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 14, Issue 12, pp. 601-603 (1989)

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A crossed resonator Fabry–Perot device is analyzed for a collection of nonlinear-optical materials, including bulk semiconductors, the intraband transition in a multiple quantum well, organic polymers, and semiconductor-doped glasses, to determine its suitability for photonic switching and optical computing. We find that as an optical switch the crossed resonator offers a considerably steeper threshold and somewhat flatter wings than a single Fabry–Perot resonator and that to achieve optical gain the absorption per pass must be lower than 0.05.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 24, 1988
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 1989
Published: June 15, 1989

David A. Holm and Barbara A. Capron, "Potential optical gain with two crossed Fabry–Perot resonators: the influence of absorption," Opt. Lett. 14, 601-603 (1989)

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