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)