Optical Nonlinearity:Phenomena, applications, and materials


  • Dr. Wenjiang Nie

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    1. Corning Europe Inc. 7 bis. avenue de Valvins. F-77210 Avon Cédex (France)
    • Corning Europe Inc. 7 bis. avenue de Valvins. F-77210 Avon Cédex (France)
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    • was born in 1963 in China. He received his B.S. degree in physics from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1983 and his Ph.D. from the Université Claude Bernard, Lyon, in 1989. After postdoctoral work at the University of California, Los Angeles, he joined Kodak in January 1991, becoming Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Research and Technology of Kodak-Pathé in Chalon sur Saône. He has recently moved to Corning Europe, Inc. He has 28 publications and three international patents related to his work on optical materials.

  • The author acknowledges his managers at the Materials Science Laboratory of the Kodak-Pathé Center for Research and Technology (Dr. C. Lurin, J.-C. Robert, Dr. J.-P. Vitton, and Dr. Y. LeCars) for their support and comprehension.


Rectification, inversion, modulation, harmonic generation, and heterodyning are all effects well known in the world of electronics as the essential properties of practical devices. These, and many other, related, effects have applications in optics, made possible by te development of the laser, a source of intense monochromatic light. In this article, from the viewpoint of the materials scientist, the basic phenomena and their applications are presented before and various materials in use in nonlinear optics are discussed.