Nonlinear Spectroscopy in Transparent Crystals

  • N. Bloembergen
  • M. D. Levenson
  • R. T. LynchJr.
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG)


A review will be given of recent nonlinear optical experiments, which utilize only light beams at frequencies in the transparent region of the sample, and yet yield information about the dispersive properties of crystalline excitations in strongly absorbing regions of the spectrum. Such experiments are based on the dispersive characteristics of nonlinear susceptibilities, which can be measured over a wide, and continually variable, range of frequencies, due to the development of dye lasers. In a typical experiment two tunable laser beams, at frequencies ωl and ω2 respectively, and with wave vectors, \({\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\thicksim}$}}{k} _1}\) and \({\underset{\raise0.3em\hbox{$\smash{\scriptscriptstyle\thicksim}$}}{k} _2}\) respectively, are made to overlap inside the specimen. Among several other nonlinear responses, a nonlinear polarization is created at the combination frequency ω3 =2ω1 − ω2.


Nonlinear Susceptibility Tensor Element Raman Resonance Nonlinear Polarization Transparent Crystal 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Bloembergen
    • 1
  • M. D. Levenson
    • 1
  • R. T. LynchJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Engineering and Applied PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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