Abstract

Optical triode operation characteristics of nonlinear étalons such as on–off ratio, fan-out, thresholding power, and switching time are strongly dependent on material, cavity parameters, operating conditions (detuning and operating power), and operating method. We studied these dependences and trade offs with regard to various factors, especially operating conditions. Applying the results, optical gate operations of both transmission- and reflection-type devices were demonstrated.

© 1991 Optical Society of America

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