Polarization Switching with J=1/2 to J=1/2 Atoms in a Ring Cavity
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
KeywordsBifurcation Point Circular Polarization Ring Cavity Transverse Magnetic Field Polarization Switching
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