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Bistable Systems in Nonlinear Optics

  • D. F. Walls
  • P. D. Drummond
  • K. J. McNeil

Abstract

A review of intracavity nonlinear optical systems exhibiting bistability is presented. We consider a coherently driven Fabry Perot interferometer enclosing an intracavity medium with a non-linear polarizability. As an example of a system with a second-order nonlinear susceptibility X (2) we consider sub/second harmonic generation and for a system with a third-order nonlinear susceptibility X (3) we consider a nonlinear dispersive medium such as Kerr liquid. The conditions under which these systems display bistability are derived. A quantum mechanical analysis enables a calculation of the spectrum and photon statistics of the transmitted light as well as the lifetime of the metastable states.

Keywords

Harmonic Generation Fokker Planck Equation Nonlinear Susceptibility Optical Bistability Bistable System 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. F. Walls
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. D. Drummond
    • 4
  • K. J. McNeil
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand
  2. 2.Joint Institute for Laboratory AstrophysicsUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA
  3. 3.National Bureau of StandardsBoulderUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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