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AbstractPassive intrinsic bistability is of great interest. Our Fabry-Perot interference filters exhibit bistability due to a temperature dependent refractive index. Operating across the entire viable spectrum permits wide application to the demonstration and development of concepts for optical computing. Thermal evaporation of zinc sulfide and chiolite is used to produce Fabry-Perot interference filters. The effect of the thickness of the spacer, and reflectivities of the mirrors, on the nonlinear characteristics of these devices is investigated. The mathematic description of these etalon's linear, as well as their nonlinear, behavior is presented. The experimental apparatus is described. Measured values of the minimum critical detuning and minimum observed power are presented.
Degree ProgramGraduate College