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  • Editor: Henry van Driel
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2011
  • pp: A83–A87

The beginning of quantum nonlinear optics [Invited]

Amnon Yariv  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 28, Issue 12, pp. A83-A87 (2011)

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A description by the author of the early days of nonlinear optics (NLO), and the motivation for the formulation of the quantum theory of NLO, implications to a number of diverse areas, and the background for the prediction of spontaneous parametric fluorescence.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(000.2850) General : History and philosophy
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(190.4975) Nonlinear optics : Parametric processes

Original Manuscript: October 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 7, 2011
Published: December 7, 2011

Amnon Yariv, "The beginning of quantum nonlinear optics [Invited]," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 28, A83-A87 (2011)

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