SC149 - Foundations of Nonlinear Optics
Sunday, 13 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:
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.