Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics

Peter E. Powers

May 25, 2011 by CRC Press
Textbook - 329 Pages - 123 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420093513 - CAT# 93517


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  • Illustrates how the theory and concepts of nonlinear optics are used in the laboratory
  • Explores important technological phenomena encountered in laboratories and commercial systems, including second harmonic generation, difference frequency generation, sum-frequency generation, and optical parametric oscillation
  • Offers in-depth coverage of phase matching and corresponding tolerances
  • Makes material accessible to readers without a background in quantum mechanics
  • Includes extensive end-of-chapter exercises

Solutions manual available with qualifying course adoption


Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics encompasses a broad spectrum of nonlinear phenomena from second-harmonic generation to soliton formation. The wide use of nonlinear optical phenomena in laboratories and commercial devices requires familiarity with the underlying physics as well as practical device considerations. This text adopts a combined approach to analyze the complimentary aspects of nonlinear optics, enabling a fundamental understanding of both a given effect and practical device applications.

After a review chapter on linear phenomena important to nonlinear optics, the book tackles nonlinear phenomena with a look at the technologically important processes of second-harmonic generation, sum-frequency and difference-frequency generation, and the electro-optic effect. The author covers these processes in considerable detail at both theoretical and practical levels as the formalisms developed for these effects carry to subsequent topics, such as four-wave mixing, self-phase modulation, Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering, and soliton formation.

Consistently connecting theory, process, effects, and applications, this introductory text encourages students to master key concepts and to solve nonlinear optics problems—preparing them for more advanced study. Along with extensive problems at the end of each chapter, it presents general algorithms accessible to any scientific graphical and programming package.

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