Polarization switching and optical bistability with resonantly driven J=1/2 to J=1/2 atoms in a ring cavity

  • W. J. Sandle
  • M. W. Hamilton
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 182)


Ring Cavity Transverse Magnetic Field Transverse Field Polarization Switching Optical Bistability 
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    Polarization switching (optical tristability) was first discussed by M.Kitano, T.Yabuzaki and T.Ogawa, Phys.Rev.Lett., 46, 926 (1981) for the dispersive regime invoking a 3-state model not including saturation.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Previous observation of optical tristability as predicted in ref.1 (dispersive case, no saturation) has been reported by S.Cecchi, G.Giusfredi, E.Petriella and P.Salieri, Phys.Rev.Lett., 49, 1928 (1982).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Sandle
    • 1
  • M. W. Hamilton
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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