An Analytical Approach
1. Edition March 2010
XIV, 245 Pages, Softcover
This didactic advanced textbook presents nonlinear optics in a rigorous and analytical way, from the historical background to matter quantization, Sine-Gordon solitons, cavity nonlinear optics, and weakly nonlinear chi(2) & chi(3) media.
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Based on the author's extensive teaching experience and lecture notes, this textbook provides a substantially analytical rather than descriptive presentation of nonlinear optics.
Divided into five parts, with most chapters corresponding to a two-hour lecture, the book begins with a unique account of the historical development from Kirchhoff's law for the black-body radiation to Planck's quantum hypothesis and Einstein's discovery of spontaneous emission - providing all the explicit proofs. The subsequent sections deal with matter quantization, ultrashort pulse propagation in 2-level media, cavity nonlinear optics, chi(2) and chi(3) media.
For graduate and PhD students in nonlinear optics or photonics, while also representing a valuable reference for researchers in these fields.
2- and 3-level media
Electromagnetically induced transparency
Part II: Sine-Gordon solitons
Sine-Gordon equation - derivation and solutions
Part III: Cavity nonlinear optics
Part IV: ¿(2) media
Second harmonic generation
Sum and difference frequency generation
Optical parametric oscillators
Part V: ¿(3) media
Optical phase conjugation
Nonlinear Schrödinger equation - derivation and solutions