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Physical Review Letters
Volume 82, Number 7, 1426-1429 (February 1999).

Polarization State Controlled Multistability of a Nonlinear Magneto-optic Cavity

Fredrik Jonsson1 and Christos Flytzanis2

1Department of Physics, The Royal Institute of Technology, S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden.
2Laboratoire d'Optique Quantique, Ecole Polytechnique, F-911 28 Palaiseau Cedex, France.

Abstract

We investigate the theory of a nonlinear magneto-optic Fabry-Perot interferometer, filled with an isotropic dielectric that possesses linear and nonlinear artificial gyrotropy. We show that the nonreciprocity leads to specific multistable transmission patterns and, in particular, to a polarization controlled multistability at constant input intensity. We also show that the reciprocity of the cavity can be restored effectively for certain parameter regimes.

Full text: PDF [226 kB] | DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.82.1426

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