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Optical Bistability with Two-Level Atoms

Kimble, H. J. and Rosenberger, A. T. and Drummond, P. D. (1984) Optical Bistability with Two-Level Atoms. In: Optical Bistability 2. Springer US , Boston, MA, pp. 1-8. ISBN 9781468447200.

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Since the first observation of optical bistability in 1976, a large number of investigations of this phenomenon have appeared in the literature. Of particular theoretical interest has been the bistable system composed of “two-level” atoms within an optical resonator. While the theory in this case is well-advanced, only recently have experimental results been obtained. The work that we report is for absorptive bistability with an intracavity medium that approximates a collection of two-level atoms. We discuss our measurements of both the evolution of steady-state hysteresis and the slowing down of switching times using an inhomogeneously broadened medium in a standing-wave cavity. We also present results of the first observation of absorptive bistability in a predominantly homogeneously broadened medium of two-level atoms in a ring cavity.

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Additional Information:© Plenum Press, New York 1984. Support has been provided by the National Science Foundation under grant number PHY-8211194, and by the Joint Services Electronics Program.
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Subject Keywords:Atomic Beam; Ring Cavity; Switching Power; Bistable System; Optic Communication
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