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........ published in NEWSLETTER # 47

by Professor D.B. Ostrowsky, University of Nice, Nice (France)

The field of nonlinear optics has undergone revolutionary changes over the past decade due to the utilization of guided wave technologies. The power necessary to observe and exploit nonlinear optical phenomena has been reduced from megawatts to milliwatts allowing opening the ways towards practical applications. This book, `Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics' (NATO ASI SERIES E214), which compiles the lectures presented at the corresponding NATO ASI meeting held at Cargese, Corsica, in August 1991, presents the first exhaustive, heuristic, presentation of this rapidly expanding field. The lectures cover material, theoretical, and experimental aspects of the topic and contain both introductory and advanced courses. The book is essentially divided into two main sections concerning nonlinear interactions in microguides, and nonlinear interactions in optical fibers. Microguide topics treated include both parametric and third_order processes with a constant attention paid to highlighting the specificity of the guided wave configurations. Examples include second_harmonic generation in periodically perturbed guides, plasmon and other surface phenomena, spatial solitons, as well as modelling techniques applicable to the corresponding structures.

A large fraction of the fiber contributions treat both theoretically and experimentally, the problem of solitons. Specific examples include formation, propagation, stability, and applications of solitons, as well as Brillouin processes and fiber devices.

In addition to the above topics, considerable attention is paid to related topics such as guided wave amplifiers and lasers, nonlinear optical chaos, and applications of nonlinear interations to the generation of squeezed states of light. It is to be emphasized that this is the first book providing an overview of the field with special attention paid to the pedagogical quality of the chapters. Thus the book renders the field accessible to non_ specialists while providing valuable information for active workers in this domain.
Reference books: E78, E79, E214

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