Abstract

Optically bistable symmetric self-electro-optic-effect devices that use an asymmetric Fabry–Perot resonator are demonstrated and assessed. Contrast ratios exceeding 30 for low bias levels (under 6 V) are measured for low intensities. The Fabry–Perot self-electro-optic-effect device is also shown to saturate readily with intensity, with the contrast ratio decreasing by a factor of 3 for an irradiance of 10 μW/μm2. Wavelength sensitivity measurements and calculations are also presented.

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