Optical bistability and mirror confinement induced by radiation pressure

A. Dorsel, J. D. McCullen, P. Meystre, E. Vignes, H. Walther

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This paper reports the observation of optical bistability due to a radiation-pressure-induced change of the length of a Fabry-Perot resonator. In addition, for higher laser powers, a purely optical mechanism leading to the stabilization of the resonator has been observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1550-1553
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Jan 1 1983
Externally publishedYes


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