On the use of the mean-field theory in optical bistability

Pierre Meystre

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The validity of the mean-field approximation in the theory of optical bistability is discussed. We show that major deviations from its predictions may occur if the mirrorreflectivity is decreased below a value which is strongly dependent on the bistability parameter C, and if the absorption αL is larger than a value weakly dependent on C (αL{greater-than or approximate}4).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-280
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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