Optical Bistability: An Undergraduate Experiment

W. P. Greene, H. M. Gibbs, A. Passner, S. L. McCall, and T. N. C. Venkatesan

An apparatus for student use is described that utilizes only commercially available components and that can be used as several different optical devices: optical memory, optical limiter, and optical ac amplifier. This simple setup is a close analog of the optical bistable devices being developed for possible optical signal-processing applications.

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