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Nonlinear Optics: Phenomena, Materials and Devices

ISBN: 978-1-118-07272-1
488 pages
July 2012
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Clear, integrated coverage of all aspects of nonlinear optics—phenomena, materials, and devices

Coauthored by George Stegeman, one of the most highly respected pioneers of nonlinear optics—with contributions on applications from Robert Stegeman—this book covers nonlinear optics from a combined physics, optics, materials science, and devices perspective. It offers a thoroughly balanced treatment of concepts, nonlinear materials, practical aspects of nonlinear devices, and current application areas.

Beginning with the presentation of a simple electron on a spring model—to help readers make the leap from concepts to applications—Nonlinear Optics gives comprehensive explanations of second-order phenomena, derivation of nonlinear susceptibilities, third-order nonlinear effects, multi-wave mixing, scattering, and more. Coverage includes:

  • Nonlinear response of materials at the molecular level
  • Second-order nonlinear devices, their optimization and limitations
  • The physical origins of second- and third-order nonlinearities
  • Typical frequency dispersion of nonlinearities, explained in terms of simple two- and three-level models
  • Ultrafast and ultrahigh intensity processes
  • Practice problems demonstrating the design of such nonlinear devices as frequency doublers and optical oscillators

Based on more than twenty years of lectures at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) at the University of Central Florida, Nonlinear Optics introduces all topics from the ground up, making the material easily accessible not only for physicists, but also for chemists and materials scientists, as well as professionals in diverse areas of optics, from laser physics to electrical engineering.

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Preface xi

1. Introduction 1

Part A: Second-Order Phenomena 15

2. Second-Order Susceptibility and Nonlinear Coupled Wave Equations 17

3. Optimization and Limitations of Second-Order Parametric Processes 39

4. Solutions for Plane-Wave Parametric Conversion Processes 69

5. Second Harmonic Generation with Finite Beams and Applications 86

6. Three-Wave Mixing, Optical Amplifiers, and Generators 108

7. X (2) Materials and Their Characterization 141

Part B: Nonlinear Susceptibilities 159

8. Second- and Third-Order Susceptibilities Quantum Mechanical Formation 161

9. Molecular Nonlinear Optics 197

Part C. Third-Order Phenomena 225

10. Kerr Nonlinear Absorption and Refraction 227

11. Condensed Matter Third-Order Nonlinearities due to Electron Transitions 251

12. Miscellaneous Third-Order Nonlinearities 290

13. Techniques for Measuring Third-Order Nonlinearities 330

14. Ramification and Applications of Nonlinear Refraction 347

15. Multiwave Mixing 384

16. Stimulated Scattering 414

17. Ultrafast and Ultrahigh Intensity Processes 443

Appendix: Units, Notation, and Physical Constants 465

Index 469

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GEORGE I. STEGEMAN, PhD, is Chair Professor in the College of Engineering at KFUPM, Saudi Arabia, and Emeritus Professor at the College of Optics and Photonics (CREOL) of the University of Central Florida (UCF). He is the first recipient of the Cobb Family Eminent Chair in Optical Sciences and Engineering at UCF. Dr. Stegeman is a Fellow of the Optical Society of America and has received the Canadian Association of Physicists's Herzberg Medal for achievement in physics and the Optical Society of America's R.W. Wood Prize.

ROBERT A. STEGEMAN, PhD, has held professional positions at the College of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona, as well as various industrial companies.

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