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Term: Fall, 2009
Course No.: EECS634 (Phys611 APP PHYS611)
Credit Hours:
Instructor: Professor Herbert G. Winful
Prerequisites: A graduate course in optics or electromagnetics

Course Description:

  • The variety of nonlinear optical phenomena
  • The time-domain nonlinear response function; anharmonic oscillator model
  • Volterra series expansion for the nonlinear polarization
  • The nonlinear susceptibility; frequency-domain nonlinear polarization
  • Second-order nonlinear effects: second harmonic generation, sum frequency generation, difference frequency generation, optical rectification
  • Phase matching, quasi-phase matching, periodically poled nonlinear materials
  • Parametric amplification and oscillation
  • Cascaded second-order nonlinearities
  • Third order nonlinear effects: third harmonic generation, four-wave mixing, intensity-dependent refractive index, self-phase modulation, self-focusing, optical bistability, optical phase conjugation, pulse compression, polarization instabilities
  • Temporal solitons, spatial solitons
  • Nonlinear periodic structures, gap solitons
  • Stimulated Raman scattering, stimulated Brillouin scattering
  • Nonlinearities in fiber-optic communications
  • Photorefractive nonlinear optics

Grading: Homework 30% Midterm Exam 30% Final Exam 40%