Structure, formation, and motion of kinks in increasing-absorption optical bistability

M. Lindberg, Stephan W Koch, H. Haug

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The spatially inhomogeneous distribution of the light intensity and of the excitation density is investigated for systems showing cavityless optical bistability due to increasing absorption. The formation and motion of spatial kink structures is analyzed in detail within a rate-equation approach. Analytical estimates for the kink formation process are presented and compared to numerical results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-415
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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