Abstract

All-optical bistability was observed in thin-film waveguides made with acceptor-donor substituted azobenzene-doped poly(methyl methacrylate) polymer. Input–output curves with hysteresis characteristics were measured. The origin of the bistability was attributed to nonlinear coupling between a prism and a doped-polymer waveguide. An approximately theoretical analysis was introduced. Theoretical predictions were qualitatively consistent with experimental results.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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