Increasing Absorption Bistability

  • Nikolay N. Rosanov
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN)


In schemes of optical bistability with increasing absorption, radiation propagates through a sample whose absorption coefficient increases with intensity, for instance, due to the sample heating. With a sufficiently small sample, a point model is justified, describing bistability with an S-like transfer function. For larger samples, the simplest model, which takes into account one-dimensional transverse distributivity, corresponds to thin rod samples, whose characteristics can be averaged in the directions normal to the rod axis.


Mechanical Analogy Lower Branch Critical Nucleus Transverse Distributivity Switching Wave 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolay N. Rosanov
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  1. 1.Research Institute for Laser PhysicsResearch Center “Vavilov State Optical Institute”St. PetersburgRussia

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