Optical switching and optical bistability and multistability are observed experimentally with a nonlinear periodic structure. The periodic dielectric is a colloidal crystal that exhibits a large electrostrictive nonlinearity. The transmission characteristics of these crystals as a function of incident intensity are presented for several different frequencies of light within the stopgap of the periodic structures.
© 1993 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 27, 1993
Published: November 1, 1993
Christopher J. Herbert and Michelle S. Malcuit, "Optical bistability in nonlinear periodic structures," Opt. Lett. 18, 1783-1785 (1993)