Basic Concepts of Nonlinear and Photorefractive Optics
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Nonlinear optics are not part of our everyday experience. Their discovery and investigation became possible only after the invention of strong energy sources, especially the laser. Although the concept of laser radiation was already formulated by A. Einstein at the beginning of the century, it was not realized and developed until the early sixties. Often, the discovery of second-harmonic generation in 1961 by Franken et al. is taken as the beginning of the field of nonlinear optics, which dates only shortly after the invention of the first laser by Maiman in 1960. Therefore, the field of nonlinear optics is a rather new one and still in the state of expansion.
KeywordsPump Wave Phase Conjugation Beam Coupling Photorefractive Effect Space Charge Field
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