Nonlinear Optics probes in great depth quadratic and cubic nonlinearities, photorefractive nonlinear optics, the nonlinear optical properties of nematic liquid crystals, and photonic bandgap structures. This reference places core physical principles and theoretical concepts in dialogue with contemporary applications and research and presents the essential physics behind the products and promise of this very fertile field. It presents new developments in the dispersion management in nonlinear optical fibers and the combined effects of quadratic and cubic nonlinearities on harmonic generation. Coverage includes a review of linear wave propagation and the origins of optical nonlinearity.
Table of Contents
Review of linear wave propagation; origin of optical nonlinearity; second harmonic generation; self-refraction of optical beams; optical bistability; optical phase conjugation; stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering; solitions in optical fibres;photorefractive nonlinear optics; nonlinear optical properties of nematic liquid crystals; self-organization in nonlinear optical systems; nonlinear optics of photonic bandgap structures.
“…illustrative examples at the end of each chapter should help students to grasp the fundamentals and apply them to other interesting problems in nonlinear optics. … the book is well organized, and it is a welcome addition to the literature on nonlinear optics.”
— Optics and Photonics News, July/August 2005
“… this book provides the underlying essential physics of nonlinear optics. … The introduction and summary of each chapter let readers easily grasp the key points and fundamental physics that the chapter covers. The exercise problems after each chapter further re-enforce readers on how to use the knowledge learned to solve problems. … the book was written mainly for graduate students in electrical engineering and physics, engineers and scientists in industry who work in photorefractive materials, LCD, imaging processing, and other optical-related fields and would like to learn more about physical principles of nonlinear optics, should find it to be a useful reference book.”
— Xin Zhou, in IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, Vol. 22, No. 2, March/April 2006