Mirrored and Mirrorless Optical Bistability: Exact C-Number Theory of Atoms Forming a Fabry-Perot Cavity
We report a fundamental theoretical study of the optical bistability (OB) of a set of 2-level atoms forming by their own geometry a Fabry-Perot cavity. Together with numerical work currently in hand the theory reported here should form a good basis for a detailed and quantitative comparison with experimental observations. Apparently suitable experiments are currently being performed1.
KeywordsLinear Refractive Index Cavity Action Local Field Correction Vary Envelope Approximation Extinction Theorem
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