Book Reviews

Nonlinear Optics: Phenomena, Materials and Devices

George I. Stegeman and Robert A. Stegeman

Wiley, 2012; $99.95 (hardcover).


This book has a cartoon of an alchemist on the front cover, but don’t be fooled: nonlinear optics is difficult. The vast majority of the volume is a logical exposition of useful formulas, many of which are taken from the original publications. There are also challenging homework assignments at the end of each chapter.  The figures are largely reproductions of experimental data or simulation results. The most helpful elements in the text are the tips and insights, often in numbered lists, on key considerations of many of the topics. The authors present the material in an accessible way, even for chemists. However, newcomers to the field might be scared off by the many equations. The use of color is somewhat effective, but a few of the photographs had low resolution and were too small. In summary, this is one of the finest books on nonlinear optics.

Reviewed by George Fischer, U.S. ARMY, ARDEC, Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey, U.S.A.

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