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Nonlinear Optics, Third Edition Hardcover – April 11, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0123694706 ISBN-10: 0123694701 Edition: 3rd
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"This book is a well-written and successfully tested text useful for a course on An Introduction to Nonlinear Optics. It is also a fairly self-contained book. I recommend this book for classroom adoption. As well, I also recommend it as a very useful text for those who would like to learn this subject by themselves."
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"If treatises expound and textbooks explain, then Boyd's book is definitely a textbook and a very readable one, too....For its intended audience and its purpose of illuminating the fundamental concepts of nonlinear optics, this book is a glowing success."
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The long awaited and fully updated edition of the classic Nonlinear Optics, covers all the essential topics needed to gain a firm grasp of nonlinear optics - the interaction of strong laser light with matter. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (April 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123694701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123694706
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Birge TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 4, 2004
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The field of nonlinear optics is actually much more general in scope than the name implies, and it finds large intersection with quantum mechanics, atomic physics and physical chemistry. It has applications in virtually all physical and life sciences. It's thus surprising that for such a useful and interesting subject, there would be such a shortage of good books! Fortunately, this book is excellent, and covers the subject thoroughly in both theory and application. An interesting feature of the book is that it covers the basic theory first from a classical perspective (i.e. nonlinear dipole polarization) and then rederives the basic results from semiclassical quantum theory. While the dielectric approach alone is adequate for solving problems (in fact, the quantum approach is useless in practice) the quantum background is fascinating to read and greatly helps in developing an intuitive picture of the physical mechanisms behind nonlinear processes. Boyd makes the nice choice of using Gaussian units, which is foreign to anybody but theoretical physics snobs but which eliminates a lot of useless notational complexity.
Unfortunately, the book is sometimes terse and occasionally presents results without sufficient derivation, especially for advanced concepts and applications. However, when it comes to the foundational elements of nonlinear optics, the book is always thorough and the concepts well explained. Boyd clearly has a very deep understanding of the subject, and this shows in his writing.
If you need to buy one book on nonlinear optics, this should probably be it. You might be temped to buy Shen or Bloembergen since they were such primary contributors to the field, but you will probably be disappointed in the quality of their exposition and confused by the notation.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By luca rinaldi on June 9, 2000
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Actually this is the best introductory text for the newcomer to the exciting field of Nonlinear Optics.The text is clear and undoubtely the author readily explains very complicated Phenomena in a succinct yet understable way.Very comprehensive coverage too stretching from classically explainable effects to quantum derivations of Nonlinear interaction coefficients.The only fault is sometimes the introduction of formulas "coming from the sky" which is a very deprecable fact.On the whole a good book but could be better!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anup Pandey on July 12, 2007
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This book is a comprehensive work including all the regular nonlinear phenomena like SHG, SFG, DFG, FWM, Raman and Brillouin Scatterings, and so on. Quantum mechanical theory of nonlinear optical susceptibility is on chapter 3 whereas chapter 6 is about nonlinear optics in two-level approximations which contains sections on optical Bloch equations and Rabi oscillations.
Finally chapter 13 is on ultrafast nonlinear optics. We have to say that Professor Boyd has done a wonderful job on this book, since anyone from senior research scientists to first year graduate students all can refer to it.This book reminds me of Jackson's book on E &M in the sense that although you might not get `it' at that exact moment you can always count on it to show the correct way to tackle. All in all, if you are looking for a book on nonlinear optics this is the one you should have.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1997
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I have found this book to be quite useful in my quest to understand nonlinear optics. It gives a thorough explanation of the fundamental priciples and even gives a few examples to aid in the learning of the subject.

A very good text for graduate and undergraduate students.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wei Min on August 6, 2006
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it is surprising to find that textbook like this did a remarkable good job in exploiting the density matrix formalism and also the related theoretical techniques in quantum dissipative systems. If you are interested in the quantum treatment, Chapter 3 and 6 are great!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sylvain Cloutier on March 6, 2002
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This book is certainly the better one for people who wants to learn nonlinear optics from the beginning. This book is using a very "physical" approach to perform a complete overview of nonlinear processes. It is really a must for all those who wants to go deeper in the world of nonlinear optical effects.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. G. W. Brown on July 10, 2007
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If you are working in NLO, you simply have to have this book on your book-shelf. There's nothing to compare with it for the fundamentals, to gain a clear understanding of many different NLO processes.
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