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Intrinsic Optical Bistability In Systems Of Spacially Distributed Two-Level Atoms: Conditions Of Stability And Instability
Author(s): Yacob Ben-Aryeh; Charles M Bowden; John C Engl and
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Paper Abstract

We use a fully quantum, many-body treatment to show mirrorless optical bistability in terms of the spacial properties of interacting two-level systems. The bistability effects are related to the coherent dipole-dipole interactions which introduce an inversion-dependent renormalization of the frequency (or relaxation). Conditions of stability and instability are discussed for a thin sample of two-level atoms with a width smaller than a wavelength. For a long sample of two-level atoms, we find that the two phases of high transmissivity and low transmissivity may coexist spacially in the material.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 October 1986
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0667, Optical Chaos, (14 October 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938872
Show Author Affiliations
Yacob Ben-Aryeh, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
Charles M Bowden, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)
John C Engl and, U.S. Army Missile Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0667:
Optical Chaos
Neal Broadus Abraham; Jacek Chrostowski, Editor(s)

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