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Intended for readers with a background in classical electromagnetic theory, this book develops the basic principles that underline nonlinear optical phenomena in matter. It begins with a discussion of linear wave propagation in dispersive media, moves into weak nonlinearities which can be discussed in a pertuberative manner, then it examines strong nonlinear effects (solitons and chaos). Two new chapters cover surface optics and magneto-optic phenomena. 45 illus.