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Optical bistability with two-level atoms

Kimble, H. J. and Grant, D. E. and Rosenberger, A. T. and Drummond, P. D. (1983) Optical bistability with two-level atoms. In: Laser Physics. Lecture Notes in Physics. No.182. Springer Berlin Heidelberg , Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 14-40. ISBN 9783540123057.

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One of the attractions of the study of optical interactions is that tractable and to a large extent solvable theoretical models do in fact provide realistic descriptions of many experiments. In both theory and experiment many phenomena in quantum optics are rather stark in their conceptual simplicity and as such serve as ideal proving grounds for ideas from numerous areas of physics. Some of the most striking tests of quantum electrodynamics and indeed of the conceptual basis of quantum mechanics have been provided by experiments in quantum optics. Given the capability both to realize experimentally and to describe theoretically a diversity of phenomena and to do this in quantitative detail, it is then an exciting prospect to search for the limits of the validity of our understanding.

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Additional Information:© Springer-Verlag 1983. This work was supported in part by the Joint Services Electronics Program and by the Robert A. Welch Foundation. The research of one of us (P.D.D.) was supported in part by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
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Subject Keywords:Atomic Beam; Optical Bistability; Hysteresis Cycle; Empty Cavity; Interferometer Mode
Series Name:Lecture Notes in Physics
Issue or Number:182
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