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Radiation Pressure Induced Optical Bistability and Mirror Confinement

  • A. Dorsel
  • J. D. McCullen
  • P. Meystre
  • E. Vignes
  • H. Walther

Abstract

Over the last few years, considerable progress has been made in the development and understanding of optical bistable devices. A number of nonlinear systems have been shown to exhibit bistability, ranging from atomic vapors to semi-conductors. Switching times down to fractions of nanoseconds have been reached. The contributions presented at this meeting show that optical bistability is on the way to becoming applicable in data processing. Although the major thrust of research is now aimed towards this goal, optical bistability still remains a subject of fundamental interest. Of particular importance are the search for new nonlinearities and a better understanding of the dynamics of nonlinear interferometers.

Keywords

Radiation Pressure Optical Bistability Hysteresis Cycle Kerr Medium Bistable Region 
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References

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    For a review, see e.g. Optical Bistability, Ed. by C.M. Bowden, M. Ciftan, and H.R. Robl, Plenum Publ. Corp. (New York) 1981.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Dorsel
    • 1
  • J. D. McCullen
    • 2
    • 3
  • P. Meystre
    • 2
  • E. Vignes
    • 2
  • H. Walther
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Sektion PhysikUniversität MünchenGarchingWest-Germany
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für QuantenoptikGarchingWest-Germany
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA

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