Bistable switching using an optical Tamm cavity with a Kerr medium

W. L. Zhang, Siu Fung Yu

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All-optical bistable switching is proposed to realize by using an optical Tamm cavity in which a Kerr medium is sandwiched between a metal layer and a Bragg mirror. Results show that the excitation of clockwise and counterclockwise bistable switching under the control of external optical injection is due to the presence of optical Tamm states. In addition, the bistable characteristics of optical Tamm cavities are found to be sensitive to the polarization of external optical injection. Crown
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2622-2626
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Bistable switching
  • Kerr effect
  • Optical Tamm state
  • Surface plasmon polariton

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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