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Nonlinear Optics, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Nonlinear optics is the study of the interaction of intense laser light with matter. The third edition of this textbook has been rewritten to conform to the standard SI system of units and includes comprehensively updated material on the latest developments in the field.

The book introduces the entire field of optical physics and specifically the area of nonlinear optics. It focuses on the fundamental issues including the electromagnetic origin of optical phenomena, the quantum mechanical description of the optical properties of matter, the role of spatial symmetries in determining the optical response, causality and Kramers Kronig relations, and ultrafast and high intensity optical effects. The book also covers applied aspects of nonlinear optics such as harmonic generation, the operation of parametric oscillators, optical switching, photonics, materials issues in nonlinear optics, and processes such as laser damage that can restrict the use of nonlinear optics.

This edition contains new material on:
• Applications of harmonic generation including applications within the fields of microscopy and biophotonics
• Electromagnetically induced transparency
• Spectroscopy based on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS)

Nonlinear Optics appeals to a wide audience of physics, optics, and electrical engineering students, as well as to working researchers and engineers. Those in related fields, such as materials science and chemistry, will also find this book of particular interest.

* Presents an introduction to the entire field of optical physics from the perspective of nonlinear optics.
* Combines first rate pedagogy with a treatment of fundamental aspects of nonlinear optics

* Covers all the latest topics and technology in this ever-evolving industry

* Strong emphasis on the fundamentals

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Preface to the Third Edition
  7. Preface to the Second Edition
  8. Preface to the First Edition
  9. Chapter 1: The Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility
    1. 1.1. Introduction to Nonlinear Optics
    2. 1.2. Descriptions of Nonlinear Optical Processes
    3. 1.3. Formal Definition of the Nonlinear Susceptibility
    4. 1.4. Nonlinear Susceptibility of a Classical Anharmonic Oscillator
    5. 1.5. Properties of the Nonlinear Susceptibility
    6. 1.6. Time-Domain Description of Optical Nonlinearities
    7. 1.7. Kramers-Kronig Relations in Linear and Nonlinear Optics
    8. Problems
    9. References
  10. Chapter 2: Wave-Equation Description of Nonlinear Optical Interactions
    1. 2.1. The Wave Equation for Nonlinear Optical Media
    2. 2.2. The Coupled-Wave Equations for Sum-Frequency Generation
    3. 2.3. Phase Matching
    4. 2.4. Quasi-Phase-Matching
    5. 2.5. The Manley-Rowe Relations
    6. 2.6. Sum-Frequency Generation
    7. 2.7. Second-Harmonic Generation
    8. 2.8. Difference-Frequency Generation and Parametric Amplification
    9. 2.9. Optical Parametric Oscillators
    10. 2.10. Nonlinear Optical Interactions with Focused Gaussian Beams
    11. 2.11. Nonlinear Optics at an Interface
    12. Problems
    13. References
  11. Chapter 3: Quantum-Mechanical Theory of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility
    1. 3.1. Introduction
    2. 3.2. Schrödinger Equation Calculation of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility
    3. 3.3. Density Matrix Formulation of Quantum Mechanics
    4. 3.4. Perturbation Solution of the Density Matrix Equation of Motion
    5. 3.5. Density Matrix Calculation of the Linear Susceptibility
    6. 3.6. Density Matrix Calculation of the Second-Order Susceptibility
    7. 3.7. Density Matrix Calculation of the Third-Order Susceptibility
    8. 3.8. Electromagnetically Induced Transparency
    9. 3.9. Local-Field Corrections to the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility
    10. Problems
    11. References
  12. Chapter 4: The Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index
    1. 4.1. Descriptions of the Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index
    2. 4.2. Tensor Nature of the Third-Order Susceptibility
    3. 4.3. Nonresonant Electronic Nonlinearities
    4. 4.4. Nonlinearities Due to Molecular Orientation
    5. 4.5. Thermal Nonlinear Optical Effects
    6. 4.6. Semiconductor Nonlinearities
    7. 4.7. Concluding Remarks
    8. References
  13. Chapter 5: Molecular Origin of the Nonlinear Optical Response
    1. 5.1. Nonlinear Susceptibilities Calculated Using Time-Independent Perturbation Theory
    2. 5.2. Semiempirical Models of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility
    3. 5.3. Nonlinear Optical Properties of Conjugated Polymers
    4. 5.4. Bond-Charge Model of Nonlinear Optical Properties
    5. 5.5. Nonlinear Optics of Chiral Media
    6. 5.6. Nonlinear Optics of Liquid Crystals
    7. Problems
    8. References
  14. Chapter 6: Nonlinear Optics in the Two-Level Approximation
    1. 6.1. Introduction
    2. 6.2. Density Matrix Equations of Motion for a Two-Level Atom
    3. 6.3. Steady-State Response of a Two-Level Atom to a Monochromatic Field
    4. 6.4. Optical Bloch Equations
    5. 6.5. Rabi Oscillations and Dressed Atomic States
    6. 6.6. Optical Wave Mixing in Two-Level Systems
    7. Problems
    8. References
  15. Chapter 7: Processes Resulting from the Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index
    1. 7.1. Self-Focusing of Light and Other Self-Action Effects
    2. 7.2. Optical Phase Conjugation
    3. 7.3. Optical Bistability and Optical Switching
    4. 7.4. Two-Beam Coupling
    5. 7.5. Pulse Propagation and Temporal Solitons
    6. Problems
    7. References
  16. Chapter 8: Spontaneous Light Scattering and Acoustooptics
    1. 8.1. Features of Spontaneous Light Scattering
    2. 8.2. Microscopic Theory of Light Scattering
    3. 8.3. Thermodynamic Theory of Scalar Light Scattering
    4. 8.4. Acoustooptics
    5. Problems
    6. References
  17. Chapter 9: Stimulated Brillouin and Stimulated Rayleigh Scattering
    1. 9.1. Stimulated Scattering Processes
    2. 9.2. Electrostriction
    3. 9.3. Stimulated Brillouin Scattering (Induced by Electrostriction)
    4. 9.4. Phase Conjugation by Stimulated Brillouin Scattering
    5. 9.5. Stimulated Brillouin Scattering in Gases
    6. 9.6. General Theory of Stimulated Brillouin and Stimulated Rayleigh Scattering
    7. Problems
    8. References
  18. Chapter 10: Stimulated Raman Scattering and Stimulated Rayleigh-Wing Scattering
    1. 10.1. The Spontaneous Raman Effect
    2. 10.2. Spontaneous versus Stimulated Raman Scattering
    3. 10.3. Stimulated Raman Scattering Described by the Nonlinear Polarization
    4. 10.4. Stokes—Anti-Stokes Coupling in Stimulated Raman Scattering
    5. 10.5. Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering
    6. 10.6. Stimulated Rayleigh-Wing Scattering
    7. Problems
    8. References
  19. Chapter 11: The Electrooptic and Photorefractive Effects
    1. 11.1. Introduction to the Electrooptic Effect
    2. 11.2. Linear Electrooptic Effect
    3. 11.3. Electrooptic Modulators
    4. 11.4. Introduction to the Photorefractive Effect
    5. 11.5. Photorefractive Equations of Kukhtarev et al.
    6. 11.6. Two-Beam Coupling in Photorefractive Materials
    7. 11.7. Four-Wave Mixing in Photorefractive Materials
    8. Problems
    9. References
  20. Chapter 12: Optically Induced Damage and Multiphoton Absorption
    1. 12.1. Introduction to Optical Damage
    2. 12.2. Avalanche-Breakdown Model
    3. 12.3. Influence of Laser Pulse Duration
    4. 12.4. Direct Photoionization
    5. 12.5. Multiphoton Absorption and Multiphoton Ionization
    6. Problems
    7. References
  21. Chapter 13: Ultrafast and Intense-Field Nonlinear Optics
    1. 13.1. Introduction
    2. 13.2. Ultrashort Pulse Propagation Equation
    3. 13.3. Interpretation of the Ultrashort-Pulse Propagation Equation
    4. 13.4. Intense-Field Nonlinear Optics
    5. 13.5. Motion of a Free Electron in a Laser Field
    6. 13.6. High-Harmonic Generation
    7. 13.7. Nonlinear Optics of Plasmas and Relativistic Nonlinear Optics
    8. 13.8. Nonlinear Quantum Electrodynamics
    9. Problem
    10. References
  22. Appendices
    1. Appendix A. The SI System of Units
    2. Appendix B. The Gaussian System of Units
    3. Appendix C. Systems of Units in Nonlinear Optics
    4. Appendix D. Relationship between Intensity and Field Strength
    5. Appendix E. Physical Constants
  23. Index
  24. Instructions for online access