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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

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

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665488.003.0014

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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