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All optical switching of reflectivity and transmissivity by a nonlinear sandwich

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2 Author(s)
Strobl, K. ; Los Alamos Nat. Lab., NM, USA ; Golub, I.

A simple model system comprised of a thin nonlinear layer sandwiched between two glass plates is demonstrated. This nonlinear sandwich allows the investigation of both the transmitted and reflected beams for all-optical switching. With a thermal (negative) nonlinearity high-contrast switching is obtained within several nanoseconds. The authors also show for the first time, the avoidance of multiple thresholds and associated beam breakup for a nonsaturating nonlinearity for both the transmitted and reflected beams. This promises cascadability of all optical devices based on the nonlinear interface

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Quantum Electronics, IEEE Journal of  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 6 )