Over the past decade, studies of nonlinear optical phenomena at semiconductor interphase boundaries have become an independent, significant and rapidly developing field. This book describes the physical properties of silicon in its first chapter, and focuses on the study of reflected second-harmonic generation (RSHG) in subsequent chapters. The final chapter discusses a theory of photoinduced electronic processes in silicon, and their impact on RSHG.

The authors have used abbreviations throughout the book, though they are not coherent at some points. However, there are relevant references and appendices at the end of the book that are helpful. Second Order Non-linear Optics of Silicon and Silicon Nanostructures is a useful resource for a wide range of readers, from undergraduates to researchers in the fields of nonlinear optics, semiconductor physics and microelectronics.

Review by Reva Garg, Universidade de Brasília, Brazil

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