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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1981
  • pp: 30–32

Optical bistability with surface plasmons

G. M. Wysin, H. J. Simon, and R. T. Deck  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 1, pp. 30-32 (1981)

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We theoretically examine bistable operation in reflection with simultaneous excitation of the surface-plasmon mode at the interface with a nonlinear Kerr medium. Bistability may occur for an incident power an order of magnitude below that reported previously for a grazing-incidence geometry.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 5, 1980
Published: January 1, 1981

G. M. Wysin, H. J. Simon, and R. T. Deck, "Optical bistability with surface plasmons," Opt. Lett. 6, 30-32 (1981)

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