# Bistability Versus Metastability in Driven Dissipative Rydberg Gases

@article{Letscher2016BistabilityVM, title={Bistability Versus Metastability in Driven Dissipative Rydberg Gases}, author={Fabian Letscher and Oliver Thomas and Thomas Niederprum and Michael Fleischhauer and Herwig Ott}, journal={Physical Review X}, year={2016}, volume={7}, pages={021020} }

When an ensemble of atoms interacts with an environment, it's possible that two steady states can coexist---a bistable state. A new experiment investigates this possibility in a sample of Rydberg atoms and finds that, in large systems, many excitations exist that are incompatible with a bistable state.

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