Nonlinear Optics

2nd Edition

Authors: Robert Boyd
Print ISBN: 9780121216825
eBook ISBN: 9780080479750
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd December 2002
Page Count: 576
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The Optical Society of America (OSA) and SPIE – The International Society for Optical Engineering have awarded Robert Boyd with an honorable mention for the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for his work on Nonlinear Optics, 2nd edition.

Nonlinear optics is essentially the study of the interaction of strong laser light with matter. It lies at the basis of the field of photonics, the use of light fields to control other light fields and to perform logical operations. Some of the topics of this book include the fundamentals and applications of optical systems based on the nonlinear interaction of light with matter. Topics to be treated include: mechanisms of optical nonlinearity, second-harmonic and sum- and difference-frequency generation, photonics and optical logic, optical self-action effects including self-focusing and optical soliton formation, optical phase conjugation, stimulated Brillouin and stimulated Raman scattering, and selection criteria of nonlinear optical materials.

Key Features

· Covers all the latest topics and technology in this ever-evolving area of study that forms the backbone of the major applications of optical technology · Offers first-rate instructive style making it ideal for self-study · Emphasizes the fundamentals of non-linear optics rather than focus on particular applications that are constantly changing


Electrical engineering, physics, and optics students and professionals, as well as researchers in related fields such as materials science, biology and chemistry.

Table of Contents

Preface to second edition Preface to First edition

  1. The Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 1.1 Introduction to Nonlinear Optics 1.2 Descriptions of Nonlinear Optical Interactions 1.3 Formal Definition of the Nonlinear Susceptibility 1.4 Nonlinear Susceptibility of a Classical Anharmonic Oscillator 1.5 Properties of the Nonlinear Susceptibility 1.6 Time-Domain Description of Optical Nonlinearities 1.7 Kramers-Kronig Relations in Linear and Nonlinear Optics

  2. Wave-Equation Description of Nonlinear Optic Interactions 2.1 The Wave Equation for Nonlinear Optical Media 2.2 The Coupled-Wave Equations for Sum-Frequency Generation 2.3 The Manley-Rowe Relations 2.4 Sum-Frequency Generation 2.5 Difference-Frequency Generation and Parametric Amplification 2.6 Second-Harmonic Generation 2.7 Phase-Matching Considerations 2.8 Optical Parametric Oscillators 2.9 Quasi-Phase Matching 2.10 Nonlinear Optical Interactions with Focused Gaussian Beams 2.11 Nonlinear Optics at an Interface

  3. Quantum-Mechanical Theory of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Schrodinger Equation Calculation of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 3.3 Density Matrix Formalism of Quantum Mechanics 3.4 Perturbation Solution of the Density Matrix Equation of Motion 3.5 Density Matrix Calculation of the Linear Susceptibility 3.6 Density Matrix Calculation of the Second-Order Susceptibility 3.7 Density Matrix Calculation of the Third-Order Susceptibility 3.8 Local-Field Corrections to the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility

  4. The Intensity -D


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About the Author

Robert Boyd

Robert W. Boyd was born in Buffalo, New York. He received the B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1977 from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Professor Charles H. Townes and involved the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy. Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and since 1987 has held the position of Professor of Optics. Since July 2001 he has also held the position of the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics. His research interests include studies of nonlinear optical interactions, studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials, the development of photonic devices including photonic biosensors, and studies of the quantum statistical properties of nonlinear optical interactions. Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 200 research papers, and has been awarded five patents. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society and is the past chair of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Optics and Physics, The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, NY, USA


"Most readers interested in the theory of nonlinear optics, especially those who are familiar with the first edition of this book and those particularly interested in noise, will welcome this new second edition." - Optics & Photonics News, January 2005