Deterministic chaos and noise in optical bistability

R. Neumann, S. W. Koch, H. E. Schmidt, H. Haug

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The time-dependent solutions of the mean-field Maxwell-Bloch equations for optical bistability are studied numerically for the deterministic equations and the stochastic equations with additional noise sources. From the solutions of the deterministic equations, a discrete map is constructed showing that the periodic and chaotic solutions form a Feigenbaum scenarium. Inclusion of noise sources leads to a finite lifetime of the states in the upper bistable branch and to destabilization of higher periodic solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalZeitschrift für Physik B Condensed Matter
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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