Expanding the scope of optical nonlinearity

David L. Andrews

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Abstract

Optical nonlinearity is nothing new. In 1961 – within a single year of the laser age dawning – the first such observations (of two-photon induced fluorescence) were recorded [1], fulfilling theoretical predictions that had been made by Göppert-Mayer [2] some thirty years before. At much the same time, observations of the first known parametric nonlinear phenomenon, second harmonic generation [3], proved that optical nonlinearity need not necessarily equate to extremely weak signals. These discoveries paved the way for the rapid ensuing development of frequency conversion tools, now so familiar, in which Bloembergen’s pioneering role was recognized by his award of a Nobel Prize in 1981.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015
PublisherOptical Society of America (OSA)
ISBN (Electronic)9781467374750
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 21 Jun 201525 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference2015 European Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics - European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO/Europe-EQEC 2015
CountryGermany
CityMunich
Period21/06/1525/06/15

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