Mirrorless dispersive optical bistability due to cross trapping of counterpropagating beams in sodium vapor

K. Tai, H. M. Gibbs, N. Peyghambarian

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Abstract

We report the first observation to our knowledge of mirrorless optical bistability based on a dispersive effect, namely, cross-trapping optical bistability due to the mutual interaction of two counterpropagating beams. The phase conjugation of a probe beam generated by four-wave mixing in such a system is sensitive to the intensities of the counterpropagating beams and has been used to monitor the bistability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)220-222
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Volume10
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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