EEC236 - Nonlinear Optical Applications

3 units - Fall Quarter

Lecture: 3 hours

Prerequisite: course 130B or equivalent; course 230 recommended

Grading: Letter; based on homework (30%), midterm exam (30%), final exam (40%)

Catalog Description:

Nonlinear optical interactions have important applications in optical information processing, telecommunications and integrated optics. The basic concepts underlying optical nonlinear interactions in materials and in guided media are presented. (Offered in alternate years) (Not open to credit for those students who have taken course EEC233.)


One of two courses to provide the required background for graduate students interested in opto-electronics. This course will concentrate on nonlinear phenomena caused by optical radiation.

Expanded Course Description:

  1. Wave Propagation in Anisotropic Media; Anisotropic Optical Elements
  2. Nonlinear Optical Interactions
    1. Nonlinear susceptibility of a classical anharmonic oscillator
    2. Wave equation for nonlinear optics
    3. Properties of nonlinear susceptibility tensors
  3. Sum- and Difference-Frequency Interactions
    1. Coupled wave equations
    2. Sum-frequency generation
    3. Difference-frequency generation and parametric amplification
    4. Second-harmonic generation
    5. Phase matching
    6. Nonlinear optical interactions with Gaussian beams
  4. Nonlinear Processes in Fibers
    1. Self-phase modulation
    2. Nonlinear Schroedinger Equation
    3. Optical soliton
  5. Electro-Optic Effects
  6. Photorefractive Effects


  1. Nonlinear Optics, Robert W. Boyd, Academic Press, 1992.
  2. Optical Electronics, A. Yariv, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1985.
  3. Fundamentals of Photonics, B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich, Wiley, 1991.

Instructors: Knoesen, Dienes, Heritage, Solgaard


Last revised 1/97