Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics (IPQ)

NLO - Nonlinear Optics


In SS2020, this lecture cource and tutorial will be offered as digital courses on ILIAS



Contents and General Information

NLO Lecture Materials
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NLO_General-Information_website.pdf 2020-05-27 08:46 106.13 KB

Oral Examinations

Appointments for the oral examinations

Online examination registration via the Campus Management System for Students is required for all students of the new Bachelor- and Masterdegree Programm!

Please contact our secretary Ms. Marlis Koch or Ms. Tatiana Gassmann (by e-mail to office∂ with your full name and matriculation number) to make appointments for the oral examinations.


NLO Tutorial Problem Sets & Solutions
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Nonlinear optics describes the behavior of light in nonlinear media, which feature a nonlinear relationship between the dielectric polarization and the electric field. As a consequence the superposition principle of classical optics is not valid any more, i.e. light beams can interact rather than simply passing through each other. Nonlinear optical effects are exploited for various industrial and scientific applications such as:


  • Ultrafast all-optical signal processing on fs time scales
  • High-speed electro-optic moduators for data transmission
  • Femtosecondlasers and frequency combs
  • Direct-write 3D lithography
  • Linear and nonlinear opical spectroscopy
  • Green laser pointers and many more       



  • Maxwell equations for the nonlinear optics
  • Nonlinear effects overview
  • The nonlinear optical susceptibility, second-harmonic generation
  • The electro-optical effect and the electro-optical modulator, acousto-optical modulator
  • Third order nonlinearities
  • Nonlinear effects in semiconductors
  • Nonlinear effects in optical fibers