Optical bistability: A self-consistent analysis of fluctuations and the spectrum of scattered light Academic Article uri icon


  • The main purpose of this paper is to study the behavior of the atomic fluctuations and the spectrum of the light transmitted by an absorptive bistable device. To this end we develop an approximation scheme based on the so-called system-size expansion and apply it to the quantum-mechanical Langevin equations for the atomic fluctuation operators. The Bonifacio-Lugiato mean-field equations for bistability are derived from the lowest-order approximation to the system-size expansion, while the atomic correlation functions result from the next-higher-order expansion. The calculated spectrum of the transmitted light exhibits line narrowing near the bistable thresholds, discontinuous formation of sidebands along the high-transmission branch of the device, and hysteresis effects. 1978 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Physical Review A

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., Narducci, L. M., Gilmore, R., & Da Hsuan Feng.

citation count

  • 82

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Narducci, LM||Gilmore, R

publication date

  • August 1978