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Nonlinear Materials for Information Processing and Communications

George I. Stegeman, William E. Torruellas


The current state-of-the-art of nonlinear optical materials suitable for ultrafast all-optical applications is discussed. This survey will include progress in the third-order nonlinear properties of semiconductors, polymers and glasses and examples of their applications to devices. Also discussed will be `cascading', a second-order nonlinearity-based approach to all-optical effects.

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