Recoil-induced effects in passive and active atomic systems

R. Bonifacio, B.W.J. McNeil, N. Piovella, G.R.M. Robb

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A theoretical analysis of absorptive optical bistability in a passive atomic medium and bidirectional lasing in an active atomic medium is presented. The atomic medium consists of a collection of cold two-level atoms and the atom-radiation field interaction is described using a one-dimensional semiclassical model. It is shown that when the effects of atomic recoil are included self-consistently, the interaction between the atoms and the radiation can be changed significantly from that when the effects of atomic recoil are neglected.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-570
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Communications
Publication statusPublished - 25 May 2000


  • two-level atoms
  • bidirectional lasing
  • optical bistability
  • atomic recoil

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