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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 36, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2011
  • pp: 588–590

Nonlinear polarization bistability in optical nanowires

Wen Qi Zhang, M. A. Lohe, Tanya M. Monro, and Shahraam Afshar V.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 4, pp. 588-590 (2011)

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Using the full vectorial nonlinear Schrödinger equations that describe nonlinear processes in isotropic optical nanowires, we show that there exist structural anisotropic nonlinearities that lead to unstable polarization states that exhibit periodic bistable behavior. We analyze and solve the nonlinear equations for continuous waves by means of a Lagrangian formulation and show that the system has bistable states and also kink solitons that are limiting forms of the bistable states.

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OCIS Codes
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(130.4310) Integrated optics : Nonlinear
(190.1450) Nonlinear optics : Bistability
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4360) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, devices
(190.4370) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, fibers

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: December 6, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2011
Published: February 15, 2011

Wen Qi Zhang, M. A. Lohe, Tanya M. Monro, and Shahraam Afshar V., "Nonlinear polarization bistability in optical nanowires," Opt. Lett. 36, 588-590 (2011)

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