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A Maxwell-Bloch model with discrete symmetries for wave propagation in nonlinear crystals: an application to KDP. (English) Zbl 1081.81127
Summary: This article presents the derivation of a semi-classical model of electromagnetic-wave propagation in a non centro-symmetric crystal. It consists of Maxwell’s equations for the wave field coupled with a version of Bloch’s equations which takes fully into account the discrete symmetry group of the crystal. The model is specialized in the case of a KDP crystal for which information about the dipolar moments at the Bloch level can be recovered from the macroscopic dispersion properties of the material.

81V80 Quantum optics
78A60 Lasers, masers, optical bistability, nonlinear optics
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