Contemporary Nonlinear Optics

Contemporary Nonlinear Optics

1st Edition - January 1, 1992

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  • Author: Robert Boyd
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323148207

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Contemporary Nonlinear Optics discusses the different activities in the field of nonlinear optics. The book is comprised of 10 chapters. Chapter 1 presents a description of the field of nonlinear guided-wave optics. Chapter 2 surveys a new branch of nonlinear optics under the heading optical solitons. Chapter 3 reviews recent progress in the field of optical phase conjugation. Chapter 4 discusses ultrafast nonlinear optics, a field that is growing rapidly with the ability of generating and controlling femtosecond optical pulses. Chapter 5 examines a branch of nonlinear optics that may be termed nonlinear quantum optics. Chapter 6 reviews the new field of photorefractive adaptive neural networks. Chapter 7 presents a discussion of recent successes in the development of nonlinear optical media based on organic materials. Chapter 8 reviews the field of nonlinear optics in quantum confined structures. Chapter 9 reviews the field of nonlinear laser spectroscopy, with emphasis on advances made during the 1980s. Finally, Chapter 10 reviews the field of nonlinear optical dynamics by considering nonlinear optical systems that exhibit temporal, spatial, or spatio-temporal instabilities. This book is a valuable source for physicists and other scientists interested in optical systems and neural networks.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    1. Nonlinear Guided Wave Optics

    1. Introduction

    2. Principles of Waveguiding

    3. Second Order Nonlinear Phenomena

    4. Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index

    5. All-Optical Switching Devices

    6. Highly Nonlinear Waveguides

    7. Summary


    2. Optical Solitons

    1. Introduction

    2. Fiber Solitons

    3. Coupled Optical Solitons

    4. Self-Induced-Transparency Solitons

    5. Multiple-Wave Mixing Solitons

    6. Other Kinds of Solitons

    7. Concluding Remarks



    3. Optical Phase Conjugation

    1. Introduction

    2. Phase Conjugation by Degenerate and Nearly Degenerate Four-Wave Mixing

    3. Phase Conjugation by Stimulated Scattering

    4. Photorefractive Phase Conjugate Mirrors

    5. Applications of Optical Phase Conjugation



    4. Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics

    1. Introduction

    2. The Generation of Ultrashort Optical Pulses

    3. Applications of Ultrashort Optical Pulses in Nonlinear Optics

    4. Conclusions




    5. Quantum Statistics in Nonlinear Optics

    1. Introduction

    2. Quantized Electromagnetic Field and its Measurement

    3. Quantum Fluctuations in Stimulated Raman Scattering

    4. Quantum Fluctuations in Optical Parametric Amplification



    6. Photorefractive Adaptive Neural Networks

    1. Introduction

    2. Implementation Issues

    3. Diffraction Properties of Volume Holograms

    4. Holographic Interconnections

    5. The Photorefractive Effect

    6. Dynamic Holographic Interconnections

    7. Optical Learning Machines

    8. Conclusion



    7. Nonlinear Optical Effects in Organic Materials

    1. Introduction

    2. Microscopic Theory of Optical Nonlinearity

    3. Bulk Optical Nonlinearity

    4. Measurements of Microscopic Nonlinearities

    5. Dynamics of Resonant Third-Order Nonlinear Processes in Molecular Systems

    6. Some Representative Measurements

    7. Role of Carriers

    8. Current Status and Future Directions of Research



    8. Nonlinear Optics in Quantum Confined Structures

    1. Introduction

    2. Nonlinear Optics in Quantum Confined Microstructures

    3. Quantum Confinement

    4. The Impact of Quantum Confinement on Optical Nonlinearities: Nonresonant Case

    5. The Impact of Quantum Confinement on Optical Nonlinearities: Resonant Case

    6. General Remarks and Conclusions


    9. Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy: Saturation Resonances

    1. Introduction

    2. Saturation Absorption Spectroscopy

    3. Saturation Effects under Transit-Time Conditions

    4. Spectroscopy with Probe Waves

    5. Anomalous Zeeman Effect

    6. Recoil Effect


    10. Temporal and Spatial Instabilities and Nonlinear Dynamics in Lasers and Optical Bistability

    1. Introduction

    2. Classifications

    3. Constructing the Various Models

    4. Experimental Characteristics of the FIR Ammonia Lasers

    5. Dimensions and Entropies and Measures of Chaos

    6. Homoclinic and Heteroclinic (Shil'nikov) Chaos

    7. Transverse Patterns

    8. Optical Bistability

    9. Conclusion




Product details

  • No. of pages: 494
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1992
  • Published: January 1, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323148207

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