Abstract

We present a theoretical study, with reference to experimental results, of transverse self-phase modulation effects in the transmission of a laser beam through a nonlinear thin film. The occurrence of interference rings, intensification or dimming of the on-axis beam intensity, and transverse optical bistability in the presence of a feedback can all be systematically documented in terms of geometrical/optical parameter classifications. These studies provide further insights and useful guides for experimental studies.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

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