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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Vol. 14, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1997
  • pp: 1167–1178

Spatial effects in nonlinear resonant reflection from the boundary of a dense semi-infinite two-level medium: normal incidence

Victor Malyshev and Enrique Conejero Jarque  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 14, Issue 5, pp. 1167-1178 (1997)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.14.001167


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Abstract

We study the nonlinear resonant reflection of an intense linearly polarized plane wave from a vacuum-dense two-level-medium interface under normal-incidence conditions. A domain of parameters is specially selected for which one needs to take into account strong atom–field coupling, which results in the appearance of a gap in the spectrum of mixed states (polaritons). For the linear problem, the presence of the gap causes a strong reflection of an incident signal with a frequency within the gap. The near-zone dipole–dipole interaction is also included within the framework of the local-field approach. By performing the time-domain analysis of the reflectivity at different spectral points, we observe certain peculiarities, such as the possibility of a steady-state high-contrast optical switching with low-level operation, stable and unstable hysteresis loops, and an auto-oscillation regime of reflectivity for a certain range of the parameters driving the evolution of the system.

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Victor Malyshev and Enrique Conejero Jarque, "Spatial effects in nonlinear resonant reflection from the boundary of a dense semi-infinite two-level medium: normal incidence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 1167-1178 (1997)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-14-5-1167

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