Optical bistability (OB) in passive nonlinear étalons, such as those containing multiple quantum wells (MQVVs) of GaAs/AlGaAs, is a promising alternative to other bistable optical-switching mechanisms (such as those in semiconductor lasers and laser amplifiers).1 Although OB in passive nonlinear étalons is somewhat slower, it is much more easily extendable to one- and two-dimensional arrays of switches.

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