Nonlinear Optics

3rd Edition

Authors: Robert Boyd
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123694706
eBook ISBN: 9780080485966
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th March 2008
Page Count: 640
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Nonlinear optics is the study of the interaction of intense laser light with matter. The third edition of this textbook has been rewritten to conform to the standard SI system of units and includes comprehensively updated material on the latest developments in the field.

The book presents an introduction to the entire field of optical physics and specifically the area of nonlinear optics, covering fundamental issues and applied aspects of this exciting area.

Nonlinear Optics will have lasting appeal to a wide audience of physics, optics, and electrical engineering students, as well as to working researchers and engineers. Those in related fields, such as materials science and chemistry, will also find this book of particular interest.

Key Features

  • Presents an introduction to the entire field of optical physics from the perspective of nonlinear optics
  • Combines first-rate pedagogy with a treatment of fundamental aspects of nonlinear optics
  • Covers all the latest topics and technology in this ever-evolving industry
  • Strong emphasis on the fundamentals


Graduate-level courses on nonlinear optics in EE, ECE and Physics departments. Reference for practitioners of nonlinear optics.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition

  1. The Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 1.1. Introduction to Nonlinear Optics 1.2. Descriptions of Nonlinear Optical Processes 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 Problems References
  2. Wave-Equation Description of Nonlinear Optical Interactions 2.1. The Wave Equation for Nonlinear Optical Media 2.2. The Coupled-Wave Equations for Sum-Frequency Generation 2.3. Phase Matching 2.4. Quasi-Phase-Matching 2.5. The Manley–Rowe Relations 2.6. Sum-Frequency Generation 2.7. Second-Harmonic Generation 2.8. Difference-Frequency Generation and Parametric Amplification 2.9. Optical Parametric Oscillators 2.10. Nonlinear Optical Interactions with Focused Gaussian Beams 2.11. Nonlinear Optics at an Interface Problems References
  3. Quantum-Mechanical Theory of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 3.1. Introduction 3.2. Schrödinger Calculation of Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility 3.3. Density Matrix Formulation 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 18 3.8. Electromagnetically Induced Transparency 3.9. Local-Field Corrections to the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility Problems References
  4. The Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index 4.1. Descriptions of the Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index 4.2. Tensor


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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