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.
© 1984 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 2, 1983
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 1984
Published: April 1, 1984
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)