Instructor:  Prof. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae                             

Office:  Physics & Astronomy Rm. 1109 (North Wing)   

Phone: 277-2080, Fax:  277-1520


Office Hours: Thursdays, 2-3 pm. or by apponment.

News & Updates:

 Introduction and History

 Final Presentations


 Z-SCAN Demo


Class meeting times: T-Th 17:30- 18:45 ;   Physics and Astronomy, Room 5

Textbook: Nonlinear Optics, (3nd edition) by  Robert W. Boyd                                  

Pre-requisites:  Advanced Optics, Laser Physics I,  (Check UNM Catalog for more details). Basic knowledge of  Qauantum Mechanics is also required.

Teaching Assistant:  TBD


Assignments: Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester..

Tests:   There will be one midterm exam and a final presentation.


Tentative Test Date (subject to change):  

Midterm Exam: Nov. 19, 2015

Final Presentations: Dec. 15,  2015

Check the UNM's Office of Registrar for possible changes in the Final exam schedule.


Last day to drop the courses without a grade is  TBA.

For other deadlines see:  Fall 15 Dealine Dates


Tentative Grading (subject to change):   The final grade is weighted as follows:
Midterm Exam: 45%
Final Project: 40%
Homework: 15%




  • Introduction  (historical overview, applications of NLO)
  • Nonlinear Susceptibilities (c(2) and  c(3) processes, nonlinear refraction and absorption)
  • Classical Anharmonic Oscillator Model
  • Properties of Nonlinear Susceptibilities (symmetries, Kramers-Kronig dispersion relations)
  • Wave Propagation in NLO Media (coupled amplitude equations for c(2) processes, phase matching, second harmonic generation, sum and difference frequency generation, optical parametric processes, cascading nonlinearities)
  • Quantum Mechanical Treatment of Nonlinear Susceptibilities
  • c(3) Processes (electronic, vibrational and rotational effects, optical Kerr effect, self-focusing, wave-mixing, bistability, phase-conjugation, beam coupling, solitons)
  • Photo-Refractive Nonlinearities
  • Stimulated Light Scattering (stimulated Raman, Brillouin, and Rayleigh  scattering)