PS 261

PS 261 Modern Optics (3 units)

This course is a continuation of PS 260. It aims to provide students with an understanding of optics with a discussion on the theory of electromagnetic propagation in anisotropic media, Jones calculus as applied to birefringent systems, electromagnetic propagation in periodic media, electro-optics, parametric amplification & oscillation. It also covers Raman scattering, Brillouin scattering, phase conjugate optics and an introduction to integrated optics. Nonlinear optics such as optics of anisotropic media and the microscopic origins for nonlinear optical response of gases, liquids and solids; harmonic generation and phase matching are discussed. Topics include 3- & 4- wave mixing phenomena; electro-optic, Kerr, Pockels and Faraday effects; self-phase modulation; solition propagation and overview of nonlinear optical materials.

Prerequisite: PS 260

Fisher, Robert A., ed., Optical Phase Conjugation, New York: Academic Press, Inc., 1983.
Krainov, Vladimir P. & Delone, Nikolai, B., Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics of Atomic Gases, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1988.
Mills, D. L., Nonlinear Optics: Basic Concepts, Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1991.
Schubert, Max & Wilhelmi, Bernd, Nonlinear Optics and Quantum Electronics, New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1986.
Yariv, Amnon, Optical Electronics 4th Ed., Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing, 1991.