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PHYC ECE 568 Nonlinear Optics

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Office: Physics & Astronomy Rm. 1109 (North Wing)
Phone: 277-2080, Fax: 277-1520
Office Hours: By appointment or just stop by

Teaching Assistant (TA): Behshad Roshanzadeh

Class meeting times: MW 4:00-5:15; Physics and Astronomy, Room 5
Textbook: Nonlinear Optics, (3rd edition) by Robert W. Boyd

Other References:


Advanced Optics, Laser Physics I, (Check UNM Catalog for more details). Basic knowledge of Quantum Mechanics is also required.

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Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester.

There will be one midterm exam and a final presentation.

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Mid-Term Exam

Monday Nov. 20  (4-6pm),  Room 190

Open Book-  Closed Notes 


The final pretensions will be held on the following two days:

  • Monday (12/11) at 5:00-6:30 PM  in P&A Room 190,    and
  • Wednesday (12/13) at 4:00-6:00 PM in P&A Room 1131

All are required to attend and participate in both sessions.   Students will be selected randomly to make their presentations. 

Please make your presentations clear, educational and entertaining, not exceeding 20 min.



Tentative Grading (subject to change): The final grade is weighted as follows:
Midterm Exam: 45%
Final Project: 40%
Homework: 15%
Course Syllabus

  • Introduction (historical overview, applications of NLO)
  • Nonlinear Susceptibilities (χ(2) and χ(3) processes, nonlinear refraction and absorption)
  • Classical Anharmonic Oscillator Model
  • Properties of Nonlinear Susceptibilities (symmetries, Kramers-Kronig dispersion relations)
  • Wave Propagation in NLO Media (coupled amplitude equations for χ(2) processes, phase matching, second harmonic generation, sum and difference frequency generation, optical parametric processes, cascading nonlinearities)
  • Quantum Mechanical Treatment of Nonlinear Susceptibilities
  • χ(3) Processes (electronic, vibrational and rotational effects, optical Kerr effect, self-focusing, wave-mixing, bistability, phase-conjugation, beam coupling, solitons)
  • Photo-Refractive Nonlinearities
  • Stimulated Light Scattering (stimulated Raman, Brillouin, and Rayleigh scattering)

Class information

Final Presentations

  • An oral presentations ( maximum of 18 minutes) is expected on each subject.
  • There will be an additional 3-5 minutes for question and answer at the end of each presentation.
  • All students enrolled are required to attend every presentation by their fellow classmates and preferably participate in the discussions.
  • The presentations should be clear and understandable by all the students. Use equations sparingly (only if needed) and avoid crowded viewgraphs. Remember that you are responsible for making the class understand the topic. Do not try to cover to much material.

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