Technical Conference:
14 – 19 May 2017
16 – 18 May 2017

SC149 - Foundations of Nonlinear Optics

Sunday, 14 May
08:30 - 12:30

Short Course Level: Beginner

Instructor: Robert Fisher, R. A. Fisher Associates, USA

Short Course Description:

This introductory and intermediate level course provides the basic concepts of nonlinear optics. Although some mathematical formulas are provided, the emphasis is on simple explanations. It is recognized that the beginning practitioner in nonlinear optics is overwhelmed by a constellation of complicated nonlinear optical effects, including second-harmonic generation, optical Kerr effect, self-focusing, self-phase modulation, self-steepening, fiberoptic solitons, chirping, stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering, and photorefractive phenomena. It is our job in this course to demystify this daunting collection of seemingly unrelated effects by developing simple and clear explanations for how each works, and learning how each effect can be used for the modification,manipulation or conversion of light pulses. Examples will address the nonlinear optical effects that occur inside optical fibers and those that occur in liquids, bulk solids, and gases.

Short Course Benefits:

This course will enable you to:

  • Explain and manipulate the Slowly-Varying Envelope Approximation (SVEA)

  • Recognize what nonlinear events come into play in different effects

  • Appreciate the intimate relationship between nonlinear events which at first appear quite different

  • Discuss how a variety of different nonlinear events arise, and how they affect the propagation of light

  • Describe how wavematching, phase-matching, and index matching are related

  • Summarize how self-phase modulation impresses “chirping” on pulses

  • Explain basic two-beam interactions in photorefractive materials

  • Develop an appreciation for the extremely broad variety of ways in which materials exhibit nonlinear behavior"

Short Course Audience:

Although we start at the very beginning of each topic, we move quite rapidly in order to grasp a deep understanding of each topic. Therefore, both beginners and intermediates will benefit greatly from this course. The material will be of interest to graduate students, to researchers, to members of the legal profession, to experts who are just transferring to this field, to managers, and to anyone else who just wants to learn how nonlinear optics works. This course, offered on Sunday Morning,  will also give an excellent nonlinear optics foundation for those feeling the need so they can also take any of the following more specialized nonlinear optics courses at this CLEO conference: SC396: Frontiers of Guided Wave Nonlinear Optics;  SC378: Introduction to Ultrafast Optics;  SC270: High Power Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers;  SC410: Finite Element Modeling Methods for Photonics and Optics;  and  SC352: Introduction to ultrafast pulse shaping—principles and applications.

Instructor Biography:

Robert A. Fisher is a private consultant with interests in nonlinear optics, carbon dioxide lasers, molecular spectroscopy, X-Ray lasers, optical phase conjugation and modern optics. He is a fellow of OSA and SPIE, as well as a senior member of the IEEE. He was a member of the Board of Directors of SPIE (2002-2004). He has authored more than 60 publications. Fisher is the editor of the book Optical Phase Conjugation. He is a past associate editor for the journals Applied Optics, and Optics Letters; and he has chaired six SPIE Conferences on Nonlinear Optics. He served a 3-year term on the Board of Directors of SPIE. He was a topical editor for Optics Letters, the chair of OSA's Excellence in Engineering Award Committee, on SPIE's Scholarship Committee, and on the 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 CLEO Program Nonlinear Optics Subcommittees, which he chaired in 2006 and 2007. He was Program CoChair for CLEO 2010 and was General CoChair for CLEO 2012 (now renamed 2012 CLEO: Science and Innovations). He has served the legal community several times as an Expert Witness.

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