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Optical bistability for two-level atoms in a standing-wave cavity

Grant, D. E. and Kimble, H. J. (1982) Optical bistability for two-level atoms in a standing-wave cavity. Optics Letters, 7 (8). pp. 353-355. ISSN 0146-9592.

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Observations of optical bistability are reported for a system composed of multiple atomic beams passing through a high-finesse optical cavity. Both the transmitted power and the intracavity fluorescent intensity have been recorded as functions of incident laser power for zero cavity and atomic detunings. A quantitative study has been made of the evolution of the steady-state switching intensities from well below the critical onset of bistability to well above this point. The results show reasonable agreement with a Gaussian-beam theory of optical bistability, but systematic departures are noted.

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Additional Information:© 1982 Optical Society of America. Received April 26, 1982. P.D. Drummond provided the theoretical results shown in Figs. 2 and 3. Conversations with him have been most stimulating and rewarding. The technical support of L. Deavers has helped to make these experiments possible. The support and interest in this research of M. Fink and W. Schieve is gratefully acknowledged. This work was initiated with funds provided by The University of Texas at Austin and by the Research Corporation. Continuing support is provided in part by the Joint Services Electronics Program and by the Robert A. Welch Foundation.
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Official Citation:D. E. Grant and H. J. Kimble, "Optical bistability for two-level atoms in a standing-wave cavity," Opt. Lett. 7, 353-355 (1982)
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