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Optical Bistability

  • Pierre Meystre
  • Murray SargentIII

Abstract

Chapter 7 gives the theory of a laser, which is a self-sustained oscillator consisting of an active medium in a Fabry-Perot or ring cavity. The laser output frequencies, imposed by the self-consistent laser equations, are compromises between the atomic and cavity natural frequencies. In this chapter, we discuss another situation involving a nonlinear medium in Fabry-Perot and ring cavities, but with two major changes: 1) the cavity output depends on an injected signal for its energy and output frequency, and 2) the medium is passive, i.e., it absorbs and/or provides an index change — but for two-level media, the upper state is not pumped. The name optical bistability comes from the characteristic of such systems that for a single input intensity, two (or more) stable output intensities are often possible, one large and one small. The system is like an electronic flip-flop except that it is all-optical.

Keywords

Optical Bistability Input Intensity Cavity Field Cavity Transmission Dispersive Case 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre Meystre
    • 1
  • Murray SargentIII
    • 2
  1. 1.Optical Science CenterUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Microsoft CorporationRedmontUSA

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