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  • Vol. 9, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1984
  • pp: 131–133

Studies of self-focusing bistable devices using liquid suspensions of dielectric particles

P. W. Smith, A. Ashkin, J. E. Bjorkholm, and D. J. Eilenberger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 9, Issue 4, pp. 131-133 (1984)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.9.000131


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Abstract

We describe the results of experiments on bistable and multistable self-focusing devices using liquid suspensions of dielectric particles as the nonlinear medium. The nonlinear parameters for this medium are calculable from first principles. A simple model predicts regions of bistability and multistability that are in good agreement with the experimental observations.

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History
Original Manuscript: November 2, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 1984
Published: April 1, 1984

Citation
P. W. Smith, A. Ashkin, J. E. Bjorkholm, and D. J. Eilenberger, "Studies of self-focusing bistable devices using liquid suspensions of dielectric particles," Opt. Lett. 9, 131-133 (1984)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-9-4-131


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References

  1. J. E. Bjorkholm, P. W. Smith, W. J. Tomlinson, A. E. Kaplan, “Optical bistability based on self-focusing,” Opt. Lett. 6, 345 (1981). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  2. J. E. Bjorkholm, P. W. Smith, W. J. Tomlinson, “Optical bistability based on self-focusing: an approximate analysis,” IEEE J. Quantum Electron. QE-18, 2016 (1982). [CrossRef]
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  4. See, for example, A. Ashkin, J. M. Dziedzic, P. W. Smith, “Continuous-wave self-focusing and self-trapping of light in artificial Kerr media,” Opt. Lett. 7, 276 (1982). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  5. For a description of the nonlinear characteristics of a liquid suspension of dielectric particles, see P. W. Smith, P. J. Maloney, A. Ashkin, “Use of a liquid suspension of dielectric spheres as an artifical Kerr medium,” Opt. Lett. 7, 347 (1982). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. M. W. Derstine, H. M. Gibbs, F. A. Hopf, M.C. Rushford, “Possible observation of optical chaos in an all-optical bistable device,” J. Opt. Soc. Am. 72, 1752 (1982).

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