Abstract

We report on a realistic model for optically bistable GaAs/AlGaAs Fabry–Perot étalons. The model incorporates diffraction, carrier diffusion, and heat conduction, taking all the layers of the structure into account. For the optical nonlinearity the carrier density and temperature-dependent plasma theory is used. Devices with less than a 1-K temperature rise should be possible to design.

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