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  • Hardcover: 634 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 3 edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123694701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123694706
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Most readers interested in the theory of nonlinear optics, especially those who are familiar with the first edition of this book and those particularly interested in noise, will welcome this new second edition." - Optics & Photonics News, January 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert W. Boyd was born in Buffalo, New York. He received the B.S. degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ph.D. degree in physics in 1977 from the University of California at Berkeley. His Ph.D. thesis was supervised by Professor Charles H. Townes and involved the use of nonlinear optical techniques in infrared detection for astronomy. Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and since 1987 has held the position of Professor of Optics. Since July 2001 he has also held the position of the M. Parker Givens Professor of Optics. His research interests include studies of nonlinear optical interactions, studies of the nonlinear optical properties of materials, the development of photonic devices including photonic biosensors, and studies of the quantum statistical properties of nonlinear optical interactions. Professor Boyd has written two books, co-edited two anthologies, published over 200 research papers, and has been awarded five patents. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America and of the American Physical Society and is the past chair of the Division of Laser Science of the American Physical Society.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 1997
Format: Hardcover
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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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Not perfect, but nonetheless the best available 4 May 2004
By Jonathan Birge - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good but could be better! 9 Jun. 2000
By luca rinaldi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Intense 12 July 2007
By Anup Pandey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A book instrumental in teaching nonlinear optics 21 Aug. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very clear in the quantum treatment 7 Aug. 2006
By Wei Min - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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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