A review of recent theoretical studies in nonlinear crystals: towards the design of new materials

TitleA review of recent theoretical studies in nonlinear crystals: towards the design of new materials
Publication TypePalaiseau Article
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Luppi, E, Veniard, V
Year of Publication2016
JournalSemiconductor Science and Technology
Volume31
URLhttp://stacks.iop.org/0268-1242/31/i=12/a=123002
Keywordsnon-linear
Abstract

Nonlinear optics is an important and exciting field of fundamental and applied research, with applications in many different disciplines such as physics chemistry, material science and biology. In the recent years, nonlinear optical phenomena started to be also widely used in technological applications for optoelectronics and photovoltaics. This coincided with an important experimental and theoretical search for new materials with an efficient and exploitable nonlinear optical response. Here, starting from the discovery of nonlinear optics, we review the most important theoretical formalisms developed to understand, interpret and predict the nonlinear optical phenomena. We show the different level of approximation of the many-electrons interactions that these formalisms can describe which are fundamental in the interpretation of the experiments. The impact of the theory is then analyzed on different classes of new materials particularly studied in these years: silicon bulk to nano, compound semiconductors, graphene, transition metal dichalcogenide, hexagonal boron nitride and borate crystals.

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