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Influence of local field effects on the nonlinear optical properties of composite materials
Author(s): Robert W. Boyd
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Paper Abstract

A review is presented of the role of local field effects in establishing the nonlinear optical properties of materials. Special emphasis is placed on the role of local field effects for the case of composite nonlinear optical materials. There is great need for optical materials that possess large optical nonlinearities while simultaneously possessing other desirable properties such as fast response, low attenuation, and high damage threshold. One avenue for the development of such materials is to form a composite of two or more components in such a manner that the properties of the composite are more desirable than those of their individual components. In this article, we examine how one might do so, especially from the point of view of how local field effects come into play in establishing the response of composite materials. However, before turning our attention to composite materials, we present a brief summary of local field effects for the case of homogeneous materials.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 September 1995
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 2524, National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering, (15 September 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.219566
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Robert W. Boyd, Institute of Optics/Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2524:
National Science Foundation (NSF) Forum on Optical Science and Engineering
William H. Carter, Editor(s)

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