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Nonlinear Optics

Chapter
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 226)

Abstract

The nonlinearities of optical media can be used to probe diagnostically such media by optical excitations. Thus, for example, responses of higher and higher order (in the electric field amplitude used for the excitation) reveal tensor properties of media to a higher and higher degree of detail. Nonlinear media can be used to modulate optical fields. The shortest coherent electromagnetic pulses are produced by laser light interaction with nonlinear media. These pulses in turn can be used to probe the time response of optical media.

Keywords

Solitary Wave Photon Number Optical Field Group Velocity Dispersion Control Pulse 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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