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  • International Quantum Electronics Conference
  • OSA Technical Digest (Optica Publishing Group, 1984),
  • paper TuEE3

Transient Behavior of Excitonic Semiconductor Optical Bistability

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Optical bistability (OB) that is due to the excitonic nonlinearity in GaAs and the excitonic and biexcitonic nonlinearity in CuCl is analyzed on the basis of distinct models1 that characterize the respective systems. We have extended the stationary solution in the literature applicable to CuCl to study the time-dependent behavior within the limit of small absorption and cavity length much larger than the wavelength. We use linear stability analysis to predict the regions of instability and to analyze effects of critical slowing down in the neighborhood of the threshold for switching.

© 1984 Optical Society of America

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