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Recoil-induced effects in passive and active atomic systems

Bonifacio, R. and McNeil, B.W.J. and Piovella, N. and Robb, G.R.M. (2000) Recoil-induced effects in passive and active atomic systems. Optics Communications, 179. pp. 559-570. ISSN 0030-4018

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A theoretical analysis of absorptive optical bistability in a passive atomic medium and bidirectional lasing in an active atomic medium is presented. The atomic medium consists of a collection of cold two-level atoms and the atom-radiation field interaction is described using a one-dimensional semiclassical model. It is shown that when the effects of atomic recoil are included self-consistently, the interaction between the atoms and the radiation can be changed significantly from that when the effects of atomic recoil are neglected.