Observation of optical hysteresis in an all-optical passive ring cavity containing molecular gas

R. G. Harrison, W J Firth, C A Emshary, I. A. Al-Saidi

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Abstract

Dispersive optical hysteresis in an all optical passive unidirectional ring cavity containing a molecular gas has been observed. Ammonia is used as the nonlinear medium off resonantly excited on the aR(1,1) transition using temporally smooth 100-ns pulses from a transversely, excited, atmospheric pressure CO2 laser. Results are in excellent agreement with the theory of Ikeda recently generalized by the authors to describe period doubling in this system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)716-718
Number of pages3
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume44
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1984

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