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By Martin Wegener

Following the beginning of the laser in 1960, the sector of "nonlinear optics" quickly emerged.

Today, laser intensities and pulse periods are available, for which the thoughts and approximations of conventional nonlinear optics now not observe. during this regime of "extreme nonlinear optics," a wide number of novel and weird results come up, for instance frequency doubling in inversion symmetric fabrics or high-harmonic iteration in gases, which may end up in attosecond electromagnetic pulses or pulse trains. different examples of "extreme nonlinear optics" hide various parts comparable to solid-state physics, atomic physics, relativistic unfastened electrons in a vacuum or even the vacuum itself.

This e-book starts off with an creation to the sphere dependent totally on extensions of 2 recognized textbook examples, specifically the Lorentz oscillator version and the Drude version. right here the extent of class might be available to any undergraduate physics pupil. Many graphical illustrations and examples are given. the next chapters steadily advisor the coed in the direction of the present "state of the paintings" and supply a accomplished review of the sector. each bankruptcy is observed by means of routines to deepen the reader's knowing of significant subject matters, with precise ideas on the finish of the book.

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In the context of the Keldysh parameter and field-ionization of atoms in Sects. 3 or for the dynamic Franz–Keldysh effect in Sect. 3. 7. 32) holds under these conditions. 17) for R (t) = R = const. as two coupled harmonic oscillator equations for the optical polarization u and the inversion w. 17) describe rotations of the Bloch vector on the Bloch sphere. Within the regime of extreme nonlinear optics, the behavior becomes “enriched” by the fact that one of the rotation frequencies, namely 2 R (t), itself oscillates with the carrier frequency of light and periodically changes sign.

0 should hold, we generally cannot conclude that frequency doubling is only possible without inversion symmetry. Here, we define the phenomenon of frequency doubling by a peak or a strong contribution in the optical spectrum at the spectrometer frequency ω given by ω = 2ω0 . In Sect. 4 we will see that frequency doubling can even arise from the simple two-level system in the regime of extreme nonlinear optics. Moreover, it turns out that peaks at ω/ω0 = N with even integers N are the rule rather than the exception within the two-level system.

Similarly, a ˜ -pulse has an envelope pulse area of ˜ = +∞ −∞ ˜ R (t) dt . 23) The modulation of the optical polarization with the Rabi frequency in the time domain clearly corresponds to sidebands in the Fourier domain. The smaller the period of the Rabi oscillation, the larger the separation of the sidebands in the optical spectrum. Indeed, Mollow [56–59] showed (within the rotating-wave approximation as Rabi) that, for constant light intensity, one gets a triplet, the famous Mollow triplet, consisting of three lines at spectrometer frequencies ω = , ω = + ˜ R and ˜ ω = − R .

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