Synopses & Reviews
is an advanced textbook for courses dealing with nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, laser physics, contemporary and quantum optics, and electrooptics. Its pedagogical emphasis is on fundamentals rather than particular, transitory applications. As a result, this textbook will have lasting appeal to a wide audience of electrical engineering, physics, and optics students, as well as those in related fields such as materials science and chemistry.
* The origin of optical nonlinearities, including dependence on the polarization of light
* A detailed treatment of the quantum theory of the nonlinear susceptibility
* An explication of dressed-atomic states of two-level atoms
* A complete development of spontaneous and stimulated light scattering
* A clear discussion of the photorefractive effect
* An introduction to applications including laser frequency modification, optical phase conjugation, optical bistability, and propagation of optical soliton
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
The Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility. Wave Equation Description of Nonlinear Optical Interactions. Quantum-Mechanical Theory of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility. The Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index. Optical
Nonlinearities in the Two-Level Approximation. Processes Resulting from the Nonlinear Refractive Index. Spontaneous Light Scattering and Acousto-Optics. Stimulated Brillouin and Stimulated Rayleigh Scattering. Stimulated Raman and Stimulated Rayleigh-Wing Scattering. The Electrooptic and Photorefractive Effects. Appendices. Index.