FYS-5517 Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics, 5 cr

Additional information

This course should not be taken by those who have earlier taken FYS-5506 Fundamentals of nonlinear optics
Suitable for postgraduate studies.

Person responsible

Robert Fickler, Goery Genty


Implementation Period Person responsible Requirements
FYS-5517 2019-01 4 Robert Fickler
Goery Genty
Homeworks + Exam

Learning Outcomes

After taking this course, the student is able to analyze second- and third-order nonlinear optical responses of materials using the susceptibility formalism. The student is able to formulate the wave equations that describe the basic nonlinear interactions and to solve them in simple cases while taking into account the influence of phase matching. The student is able to apply these methods to phenomena based on frequency conversion, nonlinear index of refraction and four-wave mixing.


Content Core content Complementary knowledge Specialist knowledge
1. Nonlinear susceptibility  Nonlinear polarization  Lorentz model 
2. Wave equation    Derivation of the wave equation 
3. Second-harmonic generation  Phase-matching   
4. Four-wave mixing and third-harmonic generation  Phase conjugation   
5. Electro-optic effect     

Instructions for students on how to achieve the learning outcomes

Homework (40%) and final examination (60%). Full homework points alone will give a passing grade (1). About half of the homework points and excellent performance in the exam will give the highest grade (5).

Assessment scale:

Numerical evaluation scale (0-5)

Additional information about prerequisites
Basic optics, for example FYS-1400 Optiikka or FYS-1406 Optics

Correspondence of content

Course Corresponds course  Description 
FYS-5517 Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics, 5 cr FYS-5516 Nonlinear Optics I, 4 cr  

Updated by: Kunnari Jaana, 05.03.2019