REQUIRED TEXT: R. W. Boyd, Nonlinear Optics , Academic Press, latest edition


G. P. Agrawal, Nonlinear Fiber Optics , Academic Press (1995)

Y. R. Shen, The Principals of Nonlinear Optics , Wiley-Interscience (1984)

COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Gregory Scott Kanter

COURSE DIRECTOR: Prof. Horace Yuen

COURSE GOALS: To give students a working knowledge of the fundamental concepts and modern applications of nonlinear optics.

PREREQUISITES BY COURSES: EECS 382 and EECS 404 (or equivalent), or permission of instructor.


  • Electric field, power, and intensity of EM fields in linear materials.
  • Working knowledge of quantum mechanics; in particular, time-dependent perturbation theory.


  • Wave equation with nonlinear polarization
  • Microscopic origin of nonlinear susceptibility
  • Properties of susceptibility tensor
  • c (2) phenomena:
  • electro-optic effect
  • second-harmonic generation
  • sum/difference frequency generation
  • parametric amplification
  • c (3) phenomena:
  • self-phase modulation, nonlinear refractive index
  • cross-phase modulation
  • four-wave mixing
  • nonlinear birefringence
  • solitons
  • Nonlinear Scattering
  • Stimulated Raman scattering
  • Stimulated Brillouin scattering

COMPUTER USAGE: Graphical display of the solutions of the pertinent nonlinear equations.

BASIS for GRADE: Tentative breakdown is as follows: Midterm test 30%, term paper and presentation 30%, and final exam 40%. Homework is a factor in borderline decisions.

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