We compare theoretical predictions and experimental data for the multimode instability of optical bistability, which arises from the coherent dynamics of a system of two-level molecules contained in an optical cavity and driven by an external stationary laser field. Considerable insight into this phenomenon is provided by two rules of thumb that govern the behavior of the self-pulsing frequency, and establish its relation with the Rabi frequency of the intracavity field. We describe in detail the experimental apparatus and the main features of the experimental findings. The theoretical results are based on the Maxwell-Bloch equations for a ring cavity in the plane-wave approximation. Despite the crudeness of this model, the numerical data display a satisfactory qualitative agreement with the experimental results. Additional period-doubling and chaotic phenomena, predicted by the theory and not observed in the experiment, are presumably washed out by the longitudinal and radial variation of the electric field in the cavity.

Multimode instability in optical bistability

Brambilla, M.
1989

Abstract

We compare theoretical predictions and experimental data for the multimode instability of optical bistability, which arises from the coherent dynamics of a system of two-level molecules contained in an optical cavity and driven by an external stationary laser field. Considerable insight into this phenomenon is provided by two rules of thumb that govern the behavior of the self-pulsing frequency, and establish its relation with the Rabi frequency of the intracavity field. We describe in detail the experimental apparatus and the main features of the experimental findings. The theoretical results are based on the Maxwell-Bloch equations for a ring cavity in the plane-wave approximation. Despite the crudeness of this model, the numerical data display a satisfactory qualitative agreement with the experimental results. Additional period-doubling and chaotic phenomena, predicted by the theory and not observed in the experiment, are presumably washed out by the longitudinal and radial variation of the electric field in the cavity.
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