Observation of absorptive optical bistability in a fabry-perot cavity containing multiple atomic beams

K. G. Weyer, H. Wiedenmann, M. Rateike, W. R. Mac Gillivray, P. Meystre, H. Walther

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Abstract

Using an arrangement of highly collimated sodium atomic beams in a Fabry-Perot cavity absorptive optical bistability has been observed. The response of the optically bistable system was investigated on a time scale of the order of 100 times the characteristic time of the cavity. Even so a non steady state behaviour of the system was observed. Good qualitative agreement with the two-level atom mean field radiation theory has been obtained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-430
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 15 1981
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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