Optical bistability (OB) occurs when a system can exhibit two stable states of optical output in response to a single optical input. Such systems attract attention because related response characteristics form a family of all-optical memories and logic gates which could act as building blocks for an optical computer. The The author will review the basic physics of optical bistability and illustrate and expand on the dynamics of bistable systems, with emphasis on the transverse effects.
|Pages (from-to)||3. 1-3. 4|
|Journal||IEE Colloquium (Digest)|
|Issue number||1985 /19|
|Publication status||Published - 1985|