A fabry–perto interferometer filled with an 83-μm-thick nematic-liquid-crystal film exhibits multiple-order optical bistability and self-oscillation. The oscillation is shown to be due to two competing mechanisms with different response times contributing to the laser-induced refractive-index change.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 20, 1982
Published: January 1, 1983
Mi-Mee Cheung, S. D. Durbin, and Y. R. Shen, "Optical bistability and self-oscillation of a nonlinear Fabry–Perot interferometer filled with a nematic-liquid-crystal film," Opt. Lett. 8, 39-41 (1983)