Controllable optical switch using a Bose-Einstein condensate in an optical cavity Academic Article uri icon


  • The optical bistability of an ultracold atomic ensemble located in a small-volume ultrahigh-finesse optical cavity is investigated. We find that a transverse pumping field can be used to control the bistable behavior of the intracavity photons induced by the input pumping along the cavity axis. This phenomenon can be used as a controllable optical switch. 2011 American Physical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Yang, S., Al-Amri, M., Evers, J., & Zubairy, M. S.

citation count

  • 27

complete list of authors

  • Yang, Shuai||Al-Amri, M||Evers, Joerg||Zubairy, M Suhail

publication date

  • May 2011