Title

Nonlinear optics in daily life

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Publication Title

Optics Express

Department

Thayer School of Engineering

Abstract

An overview is presented of the impact of NLO on today’s daily life. While NLO researchers have promised many applications, only a few have changed our lives so far. This paper categorizes applications of NLO into three areas: improving lasers, interaction with materials, and information technology. NLO provides: coherent light of different wavelengths; multi-photon absorption for plasma-materials interaction; advanced spectroscopy and materials analysis; and applications to communications and sensors. Applications in information processing and storage seem less mature.

DOI

10.1364/OE.21.030532

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