Intrinsic Rydberg Optical Bistability

  • Christopher G. WadeEmail author
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


Alkali metal atomic vapours excited to high lying Rydberg states exhibit intrinsic optical bistability which has been the subject of several recent studies [1, 2, 3, 4]. In this chapter we explore phenomena associated with Rydberg optical bistability, and compare the experimental results with simple phenomenological models. We find that critical slowing down is absent around the critical point corresponding to the onset of bistability. The presence of a spatial phase boundary is observed, which we describe with a 1D interacting-chain model. The work lays preparation for Chap.  8, in which we study Rydberg optical bistability modified by a THz field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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