Two-Level Atoms, Gases and Polarization Switching.- Optical Bistability with Two-level Atoms.- Observation of Ikeda Instabilities and Optical Bistability in an All-Optical Resonator Containing NH3 Gas.- Switching Behavior of Bistable Resonators Filled with Two-level Atoms.- Zeeman Coherence Effects in Absorptive Polarization Bistability.- Polarization Switching with J = 1/2 to J = 1/2 Atoms in a Ring Cavity.- Polarization Switching with Sodium Vapor in a Fabry-Perot.- Chaos.- Chaos and Optical Bistability: Bifurcation Structure.- Optical Bistability, Chaos in the Coherent Two-Photon Process.- Self-Pulsing, Breathing and Chaos in Optical Bistability and the Laser with Injected Signal.- Multistability, Self-Oscillation and Chaos in Nonlinear Optics.- The Physical Mechanism of Optical Instabilities.- Chaos in Optics.- Turbulence and 1/f Noise in Quantum Optics.- A Mechanism for Chaos in a Nonlinear Optical System.- Routes to Optical Turbulence in a Dispersive Ring Bistable Cavity Containing Saturable Nonlinearities.- Self-Pulsing and Chaos in Inhomogeneously Broadened Single Mode Lasers.- Connection between Ikeda Instabilities and Phase Conjugation.- Multiparameter Universal Route to Chaos in a Fabry-Perot Resonator.- The NMR-Laser - A Nonlinear Solid State System Showing Chaos.- Instabilities.- Self-Beating Instabilities in Bistable Devices.- Empirical and Analytical Study of Instabilities in Hybrid Optical Bistable Systems.- Instabilities and Chaos in TV-Optical Feedback.- Critical Slowing Down and Magnetically-Induced Self-Pulsing in a Sodium-filled Fabry-Perot Resonator.- A Catastrophe Model of Optical Bistability.- Bifurcation Geometry of Optical Bistability and Self-Pulsing.- Fluctuations.- Optical Bistability with Finite Bandwidth Noise.- Statistical Fluctuations in Optical Bistability Induced by Shot Noise.- Effect of Driving Laser Fluctuations in Optical Bistability.- Simulations of the Stochastic Dynamics of Switching for Optical Bistability.- Absorptive Optical Bistability with Laser Amplitude Fluctuations.- Semonductors.- Room Temperature Bistability, Logic Gate Operation, Incoherent Switching and High Signal Gain with InSb Devices.- Advances in GaAs Bistable Optical Devices.- Quantum Theory of Excitonic Optical Bistability.- Optical Bistability in Semiconductors.- Theory of Resonance Enhanced Optical Nonlinearities in Semiconductors.- Optical Bistability in CuCl.- Optical Nonlinearity and Bistability Due to the Biexciton Two-Photon Resonance in CuCl.- Low Power Optical Bistability Near Bound Excitons in Cadmium Sulfide.- Room Temperature Optical Nonlinear Absorption and Refraction in GaAs Multiple Quantum Wells.- Nonlinear Refraction and Nonlinear Absorption in InAs.- Resonant Frustrated Total Reflection (FTR) Approach to Optical Bistability in Semiconductors.- Non-linear Fabry-Perot Transmission in a CdHgTe Etalon.- Lasers, Liquid Crystals and Dyes.- Bistability in External-Cavity Semiconductor Lasers.- Intrinsic Instabilities in Homogeneously Broadened Lasers.- Bistable Injection Lasers.- Precise Measurements on Optical Bistability and Passive Q-Switch in a CO2 Laser With Saturable Absorber.- Optical Bistability in Cholesteric Liquid Crystals.- Optically-Induced Bistability in a Nematic Liquid Crystal.- Theoretical and Experimental Study of Optical Bistability in Four-level Nonradiative Dyes.- Observation of Thermal Optical Bistability, Cross-talk, Regenerative Pulsations and External Switch-Off in a Simple Dye-filled Etalon.- Novel Schemes.- Radiation Pressure Induced Optical Bistability and Mirror Confinement.- Mirrorless Optical Bistability Using the Local Field Correction.- Nonlinear Optical Interfaces.- Observation of Bistability in a Josephson Device.- Multistability in Josephson Junction Devices.- Distributed Feedback Bistability in Channel Waveguides.- Transverse Effects.- Effects of Radial Variation of the Electric Field on Some Instabilities in Optical Bistability and Lasers.- Transverse Solitary Waves in a Dispersive Ring Bistable Cavity Containing a Saturable Nonlinearity.- Self-Defocusing and Optical Crosstalk in a Bistable Optical Etalon.- Optical Bistability Based on Self-Focusing.- Theories.- Theory of Optical Bistability in Collinear Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing.- Saturable Interferometer Theory of Optical Bistability.- Absorptive Optical Bistability in a Bad Cavity.- Mirrored and Mirrorless Optical Bistability: Exact c-number Theory of Atoms Forming a Fabry-Perot Cavity.- Theory of Optical Bistability in Nonlinear Media for Slowly Varying Incident Intensity.- Strictly Quantum Optical Bistability.- Panel Discussion.- Topical Meeting on Optical Bistability Panel Discussion.- List of Contributing Authors.
This volume is a collection of experimental and theoretical papers presented at the international "Topical Meeting on Optical Bistability", held at the University of Rochester, June 15-17, 1983, sponsored jointly by the Air Force Office of Scientific Re search; the Army Research Office; and the Optical Society of America. The Conference, which had 150 attendees, overlapped (on June 15) with the Fifth Rochester Conference on Coherence and Quantum Optics with two joint sessions. Some of the topics cover ed in this volume are also treated io the Proceedings of that Conference. Since the last international conference on Optical Bistability, held in Asheville, North Carolina, June 3-5, 1980, there have been new and important fundamental advances in the field. This is borne out in papers in this volume dealing with optical chaos and period doubling bifurcations leading to chaos as well as the report of results of an experiment using a very simple system exhibiting ab sorptive optical bistability in a ring cavity using optically pump ed sodium atoms, which was successfully analyzed quantitatively by a simple theory. Other advances discussed here include the ob servation of optical bistability due to the effect of radiation pressure on one mirror of a fabry-Perot cavity. and the prediction of mirrorless intrinsic opittal bistability due to the local field correction incorporated into the Maxwell-Bloch formulation. Advances in optical bistability in semiconductors relate closer to actual device applications.
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