A Quantum Electrodynamical Foundation for Molecular Photonics

  1. Myron W. Evans
  1. David L. Andrews1 and
  2. Philip Allcock2

Published Online: 13 MAR 2002

DOI: 10.1002/0471231479.ch10

Modern Nonlinear Optics, Part I, Volume 119, Second Edition

Modern Nonlinear Optics, Part I, Volume 119, Second Edition

How to Cite

Andrews, D. L. and Allcock, P. (2001) A Quantum Electrodynamical Foundation for Molecular Photonics, in Modern Nonlinear Optics, Part I, Volume 119, Second Edition (ed M. W. Evans), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, USA. doi: 10.1002/0471231479.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Chemical Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    Department of Physics, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingodm

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAR 2002
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2001

Book Series:

  1. Advances in Chemical Physics

Book Series Editors:

  1. I. Prigogine3,4 and
  2. Stuart A. Rice5

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    Center for Studies in Statistical Mechanics and Complex Systems, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA

  2. 4

    International Solvay Institutes, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  3. 5

    Department of Chemistry and The James Franck Institute, The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471389309

Online ISBN: 9780471231479



  • quantum electrodynamics;
  • molecular photonics;
  • media corrections;
  • perturbative development;
  • time orderings;
  • state sequences;
  • tensor representation;
  • radiation tensors;
  • pump photonics;
  • molecular response tensors;
  • damping;
  • index symmetry;
  • molecular structure;
  • optical coherence;
  • six-wave harmonic generation


In this review the authors describe some of the advances in the quantum electrodynamical formulation of theory for molecular photonics. Earlier work has been extended and reformulated for application to real dispersive media—as reflected in the new treatment of refractive, dissipative, and resonance properties. Applications of the new theory have revealed new quantum optical features in two quite different aspects of the familiar process of second harmonic generation, one operating through local coherence within small particles and the other, a coherence between the quantum amplitudes for fundamental and harmonic excitation. Where the salient experiments have been performed, they exactly match the theoretical predictions.