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

Nonlinear Fiber Optics

2nd Edition

Formerly Quantum Electronics

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

About the Authors

Govind Agrawal Author

Govind P. Agrawal was born on July 24, 1951 in the town of Kashipur of the Nainital district in U.P. He received his B.Sc. degree from the University of Lucknow in 1969 with honors. 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 signnificantly to the fields of semiconductor lasers, nonlinear fiber optics, and optical communications. He is an author or coauthor of more than 250 research papers, several book chapters and review articles, and four books entitled "Semiconductor Lasers" (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 2nd ed. 1993), "Nonlinear Fiber Optics" (Academic Press, 3rd ed. 2001), "Fiber-Optic Communication Systems" (Wiley, 2nd ed. 1997), and "Applications of Nonlinear Fiber Optics" (Academic Press, 2001). 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 at the University of Rochester, NY, USA

About the Editors

Paul Liao Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Bell Communications Research Inc.