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Bistable transmission of plane waves across two nonlinear delta functions

P. S. Moya
Max Ramirez
M. I. Molina
Journal / Anthology

American Journal of Physics
Year: 2007
Volume: 75
Issue: 12
Page range: 1158-1161

We examine the transmission coefficient of plane waves across two nonlinear delta-function barriers with positive opacity. It is shown that this simple system is capable of bistable behavior at sufficiently large input intensities. The bistable behavior is centered around the first transmission resonances and is a simple example of a continuum nonlinear system that can display bistability without the presence of a feedback loop.

*Science > Physics

nonlinear optics, opacity, optical bistability