Photonics and Nonlinear Optics — Materials and Devices

  • Paras N. Prasad
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 248)


The area of photonics is a new frontier of science and technology, which is capturing the imagination of scientists and engineers world wide, because of its potential applications to many areas of present and future technologies. Phptonics is the analog of electronics, where photons, instead of electrons, are used to carry information. Applications range from fiberoptics communication and link, to optical computing, and other optical processing of information and images1,2. In addition, the technology of photonics can also be used for new applications not provided by electronics. One example is sensor protection (or even eye protection) against laser threats. To emphasize the importance of photonics, other terms such as light-wave technology and optical circuitry have also been used.


Optical Bistability Intense Light Pulse Nonlinear Optical Material Nonlinear Optical Effect Nonlinear Optical Process 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paras N. Prasad
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  1. 1.Photonics Research Laboratory, Department of ChemistryState University of New York at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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