The Butcher and Cotter convention of nonlinear optical susceptibilities

Below follows a summary of the "Butcher and Cotter convention" of nonlinear optical susceptibilities, adopted from their classical textbook The Elements of Nonlinear Optics (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1991), ISBN 0-521-42424-0.

This summary was originally compiled for a course in nonlinear optics and should by no means be considered as any kind of »official» summary, but rather as an attempt to catch the elegant way of dealing with the various degeneracy factors which appear in nonlinear optics.

For the lecture notes which resulted from the course that I in 2003 based on Butcher and Cotter's book, please see the separate page where I have collected all lectures.

bcconven.pdf [102 kB] The summary of the convention in PDF format.

bcconven.ps [296 kB] The summary of the convention in PostScript.

bcconven.tex [10 kB] The summary of the convention in plain TeX code.
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A plug-in viewer of the PDF format can be downloaded for free from the site of Adobe. In order to display PostScript files on screen, you need a viewer like GhostView, which can be downloaded for free from the web site of the University of Wisconsin.

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