Abstract

Transverse effects in optical bistability, when both diffraction and diffusion are taken into account, have been studied. A numerical method is presented, as well as results for dispersive optical bistability in Fabry–Perot resonators for different diffusion lengths. It is shown that for small spot sizes, diffraction considerably influences the transmission characteristics and hysteresis disappears when diffusion is present.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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