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 introduces the entire field of optical physics and specifically the
area of nonlinear optics. It focuses on the fundamental issues including the
electromagnetic origin of optical phenomena, the quantum mechanical description
of the optical properties of matter, the role of spatial symmetries in determining
the optical response, causality and Kramers Kronig relations, and ultrafast
and high intensity optical effects.
The book also covers applied aspects of nonlinear optics such as harmonic generation,
the operation of parametric oscillators, optical switching, photonics, materials
issues in nonlinear optics, and processes such as laser damage that can restrict
the use of nonlinear optics. This edition contains new material on: –
Applications of harmonic generation including applications within the fields
of microscopy and biophotonics – Electromagnetically induced transparency
– Spectroscopy based on coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS)
Nonlinear Optics appeals 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.
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