Abstract

A new scheme is proposed for the realization of all-optical ultrafast functional devices, such as self-modulators and multistable elements, utilizing a nonresonant χ(3) process. The basic physical mechanism involved is the intensity-dependent self-induced change in the polarization state of light during propagation in an optically anisotropic Kerr-like medium with a large linear birefringence.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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