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Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy (Oxford Series on Optical and Imaging Sciences) [Paperback]

Shaul Mukamel
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April 29, 1999 0195132912 978-0195132915
This textbook presents a systematic and unifying viewpoint for a wide class of nonlinear spectroscopic techniques in time domain and frequency domain. It is directed towards active researchers in physics, optics, chemistry, and materials science, as well as graduate students who enter this complex and rapidly developing field.
Nonlinear optical interactions of laser fields with matter provide powerful spectroscopic tools for the understanding of microscopic interactions and dynamic processes. One of the major obstacles facing researchers in this field, however, is the flood of experimental techniques and terminologies, which create a serious language barrier. The general microscopic correlation function approach to the nonlinear optical response developed in this book is essential for understanding the relationships among different techniques and a comparison of their information content, the design of new measurements, and for a systematic comparison of the optical response of different systems such as dyes in solutions, atoms and molecules in the gas phase, liquids, molecular aggregates and superlatives, and semiconductor nanostructures. The approach is based on formulating the nonlinear response by representing the state of matter by the density matrix and following its evolution on Liouville space. Current active research areas such as femtosecond time-domain techniques, semi-classical and wave-packet dynamics, pulse shaping, pulse locking, exciton confinement, and the interplay of electronic, nuclear and field coherence are emphasized.
The material has been developed from the author's highly successful interdisciplinary course at the University of Rochester attended by science and engineering graduate students.

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"In this book [Mukamel] has brought his many contributions together and has woven a fabric that brilliantly ties fundamental principles to experiment with an elegant formalism. This book is of extraordinary value to both the advanced student and researcher in the field. "[It] is written in such a way that it serves as both an advanced text as well as a reference book for the experimentalist. Prof. Mukamel has developed a very powerful unified correlation approach that is applicable to condensed phase systems as well the gas phase. The book provides Green's function techniques which are useful for interpreting nonlinear spectra of frequency and time domain nonlinear spectra of frequency and time domain complex systems. Several applications of current interest are treated in the book including Raman spectrocopies, photon echoes, pump-probe, hole burning, polarization spectroscopies, and impulsive effects.

"Possibly the most important contribution made by this book is that it brings together the techniques of nonlinear spectrosopies with analytical and conceptual foundations that make an important step toward creating a new science for probing the properties of matter."--Charles V. Shank, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

"I can recommend this book wholeheartedly both as a textbook in a graduate course in modern fast spectroscopy and as a reference mongraph for researchers in the field."--Robert J. Silbey, Journal of the American Chemical Society

About the Author

Shaul Mukamel is at University of Rochester.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Series on Optical and Imaging Sciences (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 29, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195132912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195132915
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars the bible for spectroscopists February 4, 2001
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Unfortunately, this book is pretty much the only comprehesive text on the subject, and if you're a grad student about to begin study in this field, you will need this book. Mukamel is certainly very knowledgable, and he gives a unified treatment of absorption, transient grating, and photon echo spectroscopies in terms of double-sided Feynman diagrams. However, his treatment is highly algebraic and builds no physical intuition of the phenomena. If you can understand him, you probably thoroughly understood the topics before you read the book anyway. Self-study with this book will be frustrating, but it's an important resource for instructors and others who already understand the topic.
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This is an excellent and very important book. The subject of nonlinear optical spectroscopy is a rapidly emerging field that is important in chemistry, physics, biology, and materials science. This book provides the theoretical underpinning for the entire field. It deals with a large number of experimental methods and topics that are widely used. This is a complex subject, and this is not a simple book. To present the theory at a level that enables researchers to understand and design experiments, it is necessary to go into depth in subjects that are complex conceptually and mathematically. A simplified version of the theory would be easier to follow, but it would not be useful. This book is a must for anyone in the field of nonlinear optical spectroscopy, whether he is an experimentalist or a theoretician.
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As a first-year graduate student in physical chemistry, this book is a great resource to check up on nearly any aspect of spectroscopy. It is thorough and complete. My only complaint would be that it would appear that there is not a single nontrivial or non-obvious solution in the whole text, if we are to take the author's hints properly. What Shaul Mukamel will assume is "clear to see" is often not, at least at my level of understanding. I am very fortunate in that I am actually taking the class with Prof. Mukamel himself, who fills in the various steps in the quantum mechanical during lecture. Otherwise, the text would be very difficult reading. I highly recommend learning from it, because it is such an excellent resource to keep referring to, but beware that it is very challenging for beginner graduate students.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have book on this topic October 24, 2012
By Charlie
Mukamel creates the "language" to discuss nonlinear spectroscopies. If you are in this promising field. You must have this book. And probably along with Boyd's Nonlinear Optics. The study curve is very steep, be prepared for that.
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