Microwave Dispersive Bistability in a Confocal Fabry-Perot Microwave Cavity

  • E. Arimondo
  • A. Gozzini
  • L. Lovitch
  • E. Pistelli


The behaviour of a Fabry-Perot transmission cavity containing a two-level absorber is derived as a function of the incident power and of the resonantor and absorber parameters by taking into account the spatially averaged absorption coefficient of the gas. The state equation so obtained exhibits a bistable behaviour. The transmittance of a microwave cavity filled with ammonia gas and tuned at the frequency of the (3,3) inversion line of ammonia is investigated experimentally as a function of the frequency of the incident em wave and gas pressure. Good quantitative agreement is found between the theoretical description and the experimental results.


Transmitted Power Incident Power Optical Bistability Average Absorption Coefficient Microwave Cavity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Arimondo
    • 1
  • A. Gozzini
    • 1
  • L. Lovitch
    • 2
  • E. Pistelli
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Fisica dell ’Università di PisaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Fisica dell ’Università di FerraraItaly

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