Short- and Long-Time Transient Evolution in Absorptive Optical Bistability
We discuss the time evolution of an absorptive bistable device driven by a resonant external field. The dynamics of a bistable system perturbed from a steady state configuration is characterized by two widely separated time scales: one, of the order of a few cavity relaxation times, brings the system to a metastable state; the other is responsible for the attainment of the final steady state, and is typically much longer as long as the only source of fluctuations is the internal quantum noise. Explicit analytic expressions have been obtained for the rates of decay associated with both relaxation processes.
KeywordsOptical BISTABILITY Tunneling Process Escape Time Bistable System Driving Field
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