Stability of nonlinear Fabry-Perot resonators

W J Firth

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The stability of folded Fabry-Perot resonators is investigated for the case where the resonator contains a medium with a dispersive third-order nonlinearity. Positive-branch instabilities of Ikeda type are found, with thresholds comparable to optical bistability thresholds. In the unstable region, the internal field is apparently chaotic, though oscillatory behaviour is found in a special case. © 1981.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1981


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