Abstract

We present an exact plane-wave treatment of the triple-boundary waveguide geometry for the study of optical bistability. It is found that the switching intensity required to observe the desired switching behavior is lower by at least a factor of 25 from that previously reported, thus making this geometry a prime candidate for experimental investigation. A comparison with the results of an approximate theory is also presented, showing that the approximate theory closely describes the behavior of the system as predicted by the exact theory.

© 1985 Optical Society of America

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