ECE 61500 - Nonlinear Optics

Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization(s):

Fields and Optics

Counts as:

Normally Offered: Fall - even years

Catalog Description:
An in-depth study of nonlinear optics. After a review of linear effects, several nonlinear optical processes an applications are discussed. These include electro-optic switches and modulators, harmonic light generators, sum and difference frequency mixing, parametric amplifiers and oscillators, and phase conjugate mirrors. Discussions of nonlinear spectroscopy include topics such as two-photon absorption, saturation spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy and double-optical resonance measurements. Photon-echoes and other transient effects, and surface effects are also discussed.

Required Text(s):
  1. Nonlinear Optics, 3rd Edition, Boyd, R. W., Academic Press, 2008, ISBN No. 9780123694706.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Lecture Outline:

Lectures Topic
1 Introduction
2-5 Linear Optics
6-8 Nonlinear Polarization
9-12 Electro-optic Effect, Modulators
13-14 Second harmonic generation
15-18 Sum and Difference Frequencies Phase Matching (General, Crystals, Gases)
19-20 Parametric Amplifiers and Oscillators
21-23 Two-photon Absorption
24-29 High Resolution Spectroscopy
29-32 Four Wave Mixing
33-34 Nonlinear Refractive Index effects
35-39 Coherent Optics
40-43 Strong Interactions