Long-term stable thermally induced absorptive optical bistability in MBE-grown ZnSe epilayers

G. Kudlek, J. Hollandt, N. Presser, J. Gutowski, D. R. Menke, M. Kobayashi, R. L. Gunshor

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MBE-grown ZnSe epilayers released from their GaAs substrates exhibit thermally induced absorptive optical bistability of high contrast ratios and low switching powers in a wide temperature range up to room temperature. For increasing sample thickness or for enhanced reflection realized by inserting the samples into a resonator, counteracting dispersive switching becomes visible. The interplay of both the absorptive and dispersive effects is studied for different samples and varied experimental parameters. Long-term stability of the samples with regard to all switching effects makes them promising candidates for application studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-385
Number of pages5
JournalSuperlattices and Microstructures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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