Abstract

The bistable reflections from passive, two-component nonlinear composite materials are analyzed theoretically. Transport theory is used to model the propagation of the fluxes and the scattering processes inside the media. A perturbative stability analysis of the system is performed. The steady-state and stability characteristics of the system are examined both theoretically and numerically. Particular attention is paid to the conditions under which the composite material bleaches.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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