Optical Bistabiltiy with Two-Level Atoms

  • H. J. Kimble
  • A. T. Rosenberger
  • P. D. Drummond
Conference paper


Since the first observation of optical bistability in 1976[1], a large number of investigations of this phenomenon have appeared in the literature[2]. 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[3,4]. The work that we report is for absorptive bistability with an intracavity medium that approximates a collection of two-level atoms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Kimble
    • 1
  • A. T. Rosenberger
    • 1
  • P. D. Drummond
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of TexasAustinUSA
  2. 2.University of RochesterRochesterUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of PhysicsUniversity of AucklandAuckland 1New Zealand

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