Nonlinear Optics

Lecture Hours:

Monday: 11: 30 - 12:30 PM

Wednesday: 10.30 - 11.30 PM

Friday: 2.30 - 3:30 PM

Venue: GEM-1 Classroom

Course contents:

Introduction to Nonlinear Optics, Definition and Properties of the Nonlinear Susceptibility, Kramers–Kronig Relations in Linear and Nonlinear Optics

The Wave Equation for Nonlinear Optical Media, Phase Matching, Sum- and Difference-Frequency Generation, Parametric

Amplification. Nonlinear Optical Interactions with Focused Gaussian Beams

Optional: Density Matrix Calculation of the Linear Susceptibility

Description of the Intensity-Dependent Refractive Index, Nonlinearities in Semiconductors

Features of Spontaneous Light Scattering, Stimulated Scattering Processes

Ultrafast and Intense-Field Nonlinear Optics

Reference: Nonlinear Optics, Robert Boyd. (3rd Edition)

THz radiation, Generation and detection of THz waves

Reference: Introduction to THz Wave Photonics, by Zhang and Xu (Springer)

Exercises sessions: Present and discuss the following papers

  • A paper on white light generation using non-linear optical media (TBD)

  • A paper on white light generation in PCF (TBD)

  • Cutting-edge terahertz technology, Tonouchi et al

  • Generation of tunable narrow-band THz radiation from large aperture photoconducting antennas, Weling et al

Experiments: (I) Second Harmonic Generation (II) White light continuum generation in Water (III) Continuum generation in a photonic crystal fibre (IV) Generation and detection of THz waves using PCA/ZnTe


Midsem (only one) - 20%

Experiments: 20%

Exercises Sessions: 20%

Final Exam: 40%