Nonlinear Fiber Optics - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780120451425, 9781483288031

Nonlinear Fiber Optics

2nd Edition

Formerly Quantum Electronics

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Authors: Govind Agrawal
Editors: Paul Liao
eBook ISBN: 9781483288031
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 24th February 1995
Page Count: 592
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Table of Contents

1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Historical Perspective 1.2 Fiber Characteristics 1.3 Fiber Nonlinearities 1.4 Overview 2 WAVE PROPAGATION IN OPTICAL FIBERS 2.1 Maxwell's Equations 2.2 Fiber Modes 2.3 Basic Propagation Equation 2.4 Numerical Methods 3 GROUP-VELOCITY DISPERSION 3.1 Different Propagation Regimes 3.2 Dispersion-Induced Pulse Broadening 3.3 Higher Order Dispersion 3.4 System Implications 4 SELF-PHASE MODULATION 4.1 SPM-Induced Spectral Broadening 4.2 Effect of Group-Velocity Dispersion 4.3 Self-Steepening 4.4 Applications of SPM 5 OPTICAL SOLITONS 5.1 Modulation Instability 5.2 Fiber Solitons 5.3 Application of Fiber Solitons 5.4 Soliton Communication Systems 5.5 Higher-Order Nonlinear Effects 6 OPTICAL PULSE COMPRESSION 6.1 Introduction 6.2 Grating Pair 6.3 Fiber-Grating Compressors 6.4 Soliton-Effect Compressors 6.5 Other Techniques 7 CROSS-PHASE MODULATION 7.1 XPM-Induced Nonlinear Coupling 7.2 Nonlinear Birefringence 7.3 Modulation Instability and Solitons 7.4 Spectral and Temporal Effects 7.5 Other XPM-Related Issues 7.6 Implications for Optical Communications 8 STIMULATED RAMAN SCATTERING 8.1 Basic Concepts 8.2 Quasi-CW Stimulated Raman Scattering 8.3 SRS with Short Pump Pulses 8.4 Soliton Effects in SRS 8.5 Effect of Four-Wave Mixing 9 STIMULATED BRILLOUIN SCATTERING 9.1 Brillouin Gain 9.2 Theory 9.3 Experimental Results 9.4 Implications for Optical Communications 10 PARAMETRIC PROCESSES 10.1 Four-Wave Mixing 10.2 Parametric Gain 10.3 Phase-Matching Techniques 10.4 Parametric Amplifications and its Applications 10.5 Second-Harmonic Generation 10.6 Fiber-Bragg Gratings 11 FIBER AMPLIFIERS 11.1 General Concepts 11.2 Operating Characteristics 11.3 Ultrashort Pulse Amplification 11.4 System Applications 12 FIBER LASERS 12.1 General Characteristics 12.2 Cavity Design 12.3 Continuous-Wave Operation 12.4 Mode-Locked Fiber Lasers 12.5 Passive Mode Locking 12.6 Applications Appendix A Decibel Units Appendix B Nonlinear Refractive Index Index


The field of nonlinear fiber optics has grown substantially since the First Edition of Nonlinear Fiber Optics, published in 1989. Like the First Edition, this Second Edition is a comprehensive, tutorial, and up-to-date account of nonlinear optical phenomena in fiber optics. It synthesizes widely scattered research material and presents it in an accessible manner for students and researchers already engaged in or wishing to enter the field of nonlinear fiber optics. Particular attention is paid to the importance of nonlinear effects in the design of optical fiber communication systems. This is a completely new book containing either new sections or major revisions in every chapter.

Key Features

Major changes in Soliton-based Communication Systems

New section on Photonic Switching

New section on the Nonlinear Fiber-loop Mirror

Section on Second-harmonic Generation will be expanded to include new research material

Two new chapters have been added on Fiber Amplifiers and Fiber Lasers, two major research areas which have grown significantly during the last 4-5 years

All references have been completely updated


Optical engineers in the communication and fiber-optics industry. Researchers and graduate students in fiber optics and nonlinear optics at Electrical Engineering Departments, and members of the Optical Society of America.


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@qu:This book is...timely and occupies a unique niche....On an absolute scale, it is an excellent book the same level as the very best books published to date on optical fiber and systems in general. @source:--OPTICS AND PHOTONICS NEWS @qu:"This is a well-written, self-contained, and extensively referenced book. It is a useful reference for experts, and could well be used as a text for graduate courses...a welcome addition to the quantum electronics literature." @source:-K.K. Lee, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs "The book is highly recommended, being a comprehensive and detailed account of a rapidly developing research field....It should provide a short-cut to the subject for graduate students and scientists entering the field, but should also be a source of inspiration for those already engaged in active research." @source:-PHYSICS WORLD

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About the Authors

Govind Agrawal

Govind Agrawal is the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics at the Institute of Optics of University of Rochester, USA. His previous appointments were at Ecole Polytechnique, France, City University of New York, and AT& T Bell Laboratories. He is an author or coauthor of more than 400 research papers and eight books. Professor Agrawal is a Fellow of the Optical society (OSA) and a Life Fellow of IEEE. He has served on the Editorial Board of many optics journals and was the Editor-in-Chief of the OSA journal Advances in Optics and Photonics from 2014 to 2019. In 2012, IEEE Photonics Society honored Dr. Agrawal with its prestigious Quantum Electronics Award. He received in 2013 Riker University Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching. He was awarded in 2015 the Esther Hoffman Beller Medal of the Optical Society. He is also the recipient of the 2019 Max Born Award of the Optical Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA

About the Editors

Paul Liao

Affiliations and Expertise

Bell Communications Research Inc.