Preface to the First Edition

Nonlinear optics is the study of the interaction of intense laser light with matter. This book is a textbook on nonlinear optics at the level of a beginning graduate student. The intent of the book is to provide an introduction to the field of nonlinear optics that stresses fundamental concepts and that enables the student to go on to perform independent research in this field. The author has successfully used a preliminary version of this book in his course at the University of Rochester, which is typically attended by students ranging from seniors to advanced PhD students from disciplines that include optics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering. This book ...

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