EXTERNAL SWITCHING OF INTRINSIC OPTICALLY BISTABLE DEVICES BY INCOHERENT ILLUMINATION.

Frank A P Tooley, Andrew C. Walker, S. Desmond Smith

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Abstract

The InSb etalons used in this study were switched by a photographic flashlamp both from off to on resonance and, under different conditions, from on to off resonance. It has been demonstrated experimentally that switching can be initiated as a result of either an electronic or a thermal effect. The parameters that determine which mechanism dominates in a particular instance are discussed. The results should have general application to a variety of materials of device interest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1340-1347
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
VolumeQE-21
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1985

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