Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy

Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy

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This textbook presents a systematic and unifying viewpoint for a wide class of nonlinear spectroscopic techniques in time domain and frequency domain. It is directed towards active researchers in physics, optics, chemistry, and materials science, as well as graduate students who enter this complex and rapidly developing field. Nonlinear optical interactions of laser fields with matter provide powerful spectroscopic tools for the understanding of microscopic interactions and dynamic processes. One of the major obstacles facing researchers in this field, however, is the flood of experimental techniques and terminologies, which create a serious language barrier. The general microscopic correlation function approach to the nonlinear optical response developed in this book is essential for understanding the relationships among different techniques and a comparison of their information content, the design of new measurements, and for a systematic comparison of the optical response of different systems such as dyes in solutions, atoms and molecules in the gas phase, liquids, molecular aggregates and superlatives, and semiconductor nanostructures. The approach is based on formulating the nonlinear response by representing the state of matter by the density matrix and following its evolution on Liouville space. Current active research areas such as femtosecond time-domain techniques, semi-classical and wave-packet dynamics, pulse shaping, pulse locking, exciton confinement, and the interplay of electronic, nuclear and field coherence are emphasized. The material has been developed from the author's highly successful interdisciplinary course at the University of Rochester attended by science and engineering graduate more

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  • Hardback | 561 pages
  • 150 x 230 x 31.75mm | 882g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous line figures, bibliography
  • 0195092783
  • 9780195092783

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Introduction. 1: Quantum dynamics in Hilbert Space. 2: The density matrix and quantum dyanmics in Liouville Space. 3: Quantum electrodynamics, optical polarization and nonlinear spectroscopy. 4: Nonlinear response functions and optical susceptibilities. 5: The optical response functions of a multilevel system with relaxation. 6: Semiclassical simulation of the optical response functions. 7: The cumulant expansion and the multimode Brownian oscillator. 8: Fluorescence, Spontaneous-Raman and Coherent-Raman spectroscopy. 9: Selective elimination of imhomogeneous broadening; Photon echoes. 10: Resonant gratings, pump-probe and hole burning spectroscopy. 11: Wavepacket dynamics in Liouville Space; The Wigner Representation. 12: Wavepacket analysis of non-impulsive measurements. 13: Off-resonance Raman scattering. 14: Polarization Spectroscopy; Birefringence and dichroism. 15: Nonlinear response of molecular assemblies; the local field. 16: Approximation. 17: Many body and cooperative effects in the nonlinear responseshow more

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