Principles of Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy

Paperback | April 29, 1999

byShaul Mukamel

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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 thiscomplex 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 newmeasurements, 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 byrepresenting 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 ofelectronic, 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 students.

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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 thiscomplex and rapidly developing field. Nonlinea...

Shaul Mukamel is at University of Rochester.
Format:PaperbackPublished:April 29, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195132912

ISBN - 13:9780195132915

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Quantum Dynamics in Hilbert Space3. The Density Operator and Quantum Dynamics in Liouville Space4. Quantum Electrodynamics, Optical Polarization, and Nonlinear Spectroscopy5. Nonlinear Response Functions and Optical Susceptibilities6. The Optical Response Functions of a Multilevel System with Relaxation7. Semiclassical Simulation of the Optical Response Functions8. The Cumulant Expansion and the Multimode Brownian Oscillator Model9. Fluorescence, Spontaneous-Raman and Coherent-Raman Spectroscopy10. Selective Elimination of Inhomogeneous Broadening; Photon Echoes11. Resonant Gratings, Pump-Probe, and Hole Burning Spectroscopy12. Wavepacket Dynamics in Liouville Space; The Wigner Representation13. Wavepacket Analysis of Nonimpulsive Measurements14. Off-Resonance Raman Scattering15. Polarization Spectroscopy; Birefringence and Dichroism16. Nonlinear Response of Molecular Assemblies; The Local-Field Approximation17. Many Body and Cooperative Effects in the Nonlinear Response

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"An excellent account of the application of modern Liouville space methods to the theory of nonlinear optical spectroscopy by a pioneer of this approach."--Marvin D. Girardeau, University of Oregon