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Quantum Electronics for Atomic Physics and TelecommunicationSecond Edition$
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Warren Nagourney

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665488

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665488.001.0001

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Nonlinear optics

Nonlinear optics

(p.389) 14 Nonlinear optics
Quantum Electronics for Atomic Physics and Telecommunication

Warren Nagourney

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the most common nonlinear interactions, beginning with second-harmonic generation and proceeding to sum-frequency mixing and parametric phenomena. The approach is classical, using a nonlinear susceptibility. The techniques of birefringent phase matching and quasi-phase matching are described and analyzed. To facilitate the description of birefringent phase matching, a discussion of anisotropic crystals is provided. Second-harmonic generation using a focused beam is touched on, and the enhancement of nonlinear interactions in a resonant cavity is described. The use of periodically poled waveguides to provide efficient second-harmonic generation over a wide range of wavelengths is discussed.

Keywords:   dielectric tensor, uniaxial, biaxial, second-harmonic generation, sum-frequency mixing, parametric amplification, parametric oscillator, birefringent phase matching, quasi-phase matching, periodically poled waveguide

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