Optical bistability due to induced absorption: Propagation dynamics of excitation profiles

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

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For an optically bistable system with induced absorption the transport equations for the light intensity and the excitation density are solved. Under pulse operation a kink in the excitation density is found, which moves discontinuously in the beam direction and causes a sawtooth variation in the transmitted intensity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)932-934
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1984


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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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