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  • Vol. 19, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1994
  • pp: 269–271

Optical bistability in asymmetric Fabry–Perot laser-diode amplifiers

N. F. Mitchell, J. O’Gorman, J. Hegarty, and J. C. Connolly  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 19, Issue 4, pp. 269-271 (1994)

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We present what is to our knowledge the first study of optical bistability in Fabry–Perot laser-diode amplifiers that have asymmetric facet reflectivities. When operated in reflection, the light input–light output characteristics exhibit a transition from counterclockwise to clockwise hysteresis by way of an X-shaped or butterfly hysteresis. This transition can be achieved by a change in either the device bias or the phase detuning of the incident light. Our results are in good agreement with calculation.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 20, 1993
Published: February 15, 1994

N. F. Mitchell, J. C. Connolly, J. O’Gorman, and J. Hegarty, "Optical bistability in asymmetric Fabry–Perot laser-diode amplifiers," Opt. Lett. 19, 269-271 (1994)

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