Nonlinear Fiber Optics

Nonlinear Fiber Optics

5th Edition - October 10, 2012

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  • Author: Govind Agrawal
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970237
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973078

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Since the 4e appeared, a fast evolution of the field has occurred. The 5e of this classic work provides an up-to-date account of the nonlinear phenomena occurring inside optical fibers, the basis of all our telecommunications infastructure as well as being used in the medical field.Reflecting the big developments in research, this new edition includes major new content: slow light effects, which offers a reduction in noise and power consumption and more ordered network traffic-stimulated Brillouin scattering; vectorial treatment of highly nonlinear fibers; and a brand new chapter on supercontinuum generation in optical fibers.

Key Features

  • Continues to be industry bestseller providing unique source of comprehensive coverage on the subject of nonlinear fiber optics
  • Updated coverage of intrapulse Raman scattering, four-wave mixing, and Harmonic Generation
  • Includes a new chapter excusively devoted to supercontinuum generation in optical fibers


Optical engineers, researchers, graduate students

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Introduction

    1.1 Historical Perspective

    1.2 Fiber Characteristics

    1.3 Fiber Nonlinearities

    1.4 Overview



    Chapter 2. Pulse Propagation in Fibers

    2.1 Maxwell’s Equations

    2.2 Fiber Modes

    2.3 Pulse-Propagation Equation

    2.4 Numerical Methods



    Chapter 3. Group-Velocity Dispersion

    3.1 Different Propagation Regimes

    3.2 Dispersion-Induced Pulse Broadening

    3.3 Third-Order Dispersion

    3.4 Dispersion Management



    Chapter 4. Self-Phase Modulation

    4.1 SPM-Induced Spectral Changes

    4.2 Effect of Group-Velocity Dispersion

    4.3 Semianalytic Techniques

    4.4 Higher-Order Nonlinear Effects



    Chapter 5. Optical Solitons

    5.1 Modulation Instability

    5.2 Fiber Solitons

    5.3 Other Types of Solitons

    5.4 Perturbation of Solitons

    5.5 Higher-Order Effects



    Chapter 6. Polarization Effects

    6.1 Nonlinear Birefringence

    6.2 Nonlinear Phase Shift

    6.3 Evolution of Polarization State

    6.4 Vector Modulation Instability

    6.5 Birefringence and Solitons

    6.6 Random Birefringence



    Chapter 7. Cross-Phase Modulation

    7.1 XPM-Induced Nonlinear Coupling

    7.2 XPM-Induced Modulation Instability

    7.3 XPM-Paired Solitons

    7.4 Spectral and Temporal Effects

    7.5 Applications of XPM

    7.6 Polarization Effects

    7.7 XPM Effects in Birefringent Fibers

    7.8 Problems


    Chapter 8. Stimulated Raman Scattering

    8.1 Basic Concepts

    8.2 Quasi-Continuous SRS

    8.3 SRS with Short Pump Pulses

    8.4 Soliton Effects

    8.5 Polarization Effects



    Chapter 9. Stimulated Brillouin Scattering

    9.1 Basic Concepts

    9.2 Quasi-CW SBS

    9.3 Brillouin Fiber Amplifiers

    9.4 SBS Dynamics

    9.5 Brillouin-Fiber Lasers



    Chapter 10. Four-Wave Mixing

    10.1 Origin of Four-Wave Mixing

    10.2 Theory of Four-Wave Mixing

    10.3 Phase-Matching Techniques

    10.4 Parametric Amplification

    10.5 Polarization Effects

    10.6 Applications of Four-Wave Mixing



    Chapter 11. Highly Nonlinear Fibers

    11.1 Nonlinear Parameter

    11.2 Fibers with Silica Cladding

    11.3 Tapered Fibers with Air Cladding

    11.4 Microstructured Fibers

    11.5 Non-Silica Fibers

    11.6 Pulse Propagation in Narrow-Core Fibers



    Chapter 12. Novel Nonlinear Phenomena

    12.1 Soliton Fission and Dispersive Waves

    12.2 Intrapulse Raman Scattering

    12.3 Four-Wave Mixing

    12.4 Second-Harmonic Generation

    12.5 Third-Harmonic Generation



    Chapter 13. Supercontinuum Generation

    13.1 Pumping with Picosecond Pulses

    13.2 Pumping with Femtosecond Pulses

    13.3 Temporal and Spectral Evolutions

    13.4 CW or Quasi-CW Pumping

    13.5 Polarization Effects

    13.6 Coherence Properties

    13.7 Optical Rogue Waves

    13.8 Problems


    Appendix A. System of Units

    Appendix B. Numerical Code for the NLS Equation

    Appendix C. List of Acronyms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 648
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2012
  • Published: October 10, 2012
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123970237
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123973078

About the Author

Govind Agrawal

Govind P. Agrawal received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Lucknow in 1969 with honours. He was awarded a gold medal for achieving the top position in the university. Govind joined the Indian Institute of Technology at New Delhi in 1969 and received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1971 and 1974, respectively. After holding positions at the Ecole Polytechnique (France), the City University of New York, and the Laser company, Quantel, Orsay, France, Dr. Agrawal joined in 1981 the technical staff of the world-famous AT&T Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J., USA, where he worked on problems related to the development of semiconductor lasers and fiber-optic communication systems. He joined in 1989 the faculty of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester where he is a Professor of Optics. His research interests focus on quantum electronics, nonlinear optics, and optical communications. In particular, he has contributed significantly to the fields of semiconductor lasers, nonlinear fiber optics, and optical communications. He is an author or co-author of more than 250 research papers, several book chapters and review articles, and four books. He has also edited the books "Contemporary Nonlinear Optics" (Academic Press, 1992) and "Semiconductor Lasers: Past, Present and Future" (AIP Press, 1995). The books authored by Dr. Agrawal have influenced an entire generation of scientists. Several of them have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Greek, and Russian.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA

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