Polarization Switching with J=1/2 to J=1/2 Atoms in a Ring Cavity

  • W. J. Sandle
  • M. W. Hamilton
  • R. J. Ballagh


The aim of this paper is to summarize theoretical results for the mean-field, steady-state response of a plane-wave ring cavity containing atoms with a homogeneously broadened J=1/2 to J=1/2 transition. The driving laser radiation can have arbitrary polarization and detuning. The phenomena encompassed by the results presented here include conventional optical bistability, both with linearly polarized light (LOB)1 and with circularly polarized light (COB)2,3 as well as the more complex phenomenon we term “polarization switching” (PS).4–9


Bifurcation Point Circular Polarization Ring Cavity Transverse Magnetic Field Polarization Switching 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. J. Sandle
    • 1
  • M. W. Hamilton
    • 1
  • R. J. Ballagh
    • 1
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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