hyperpolarizability (of nth order)

The energy of a molecule in an external electrostatic field can be expanded as
E = E o − μ i F i − 1 2 α i j F i F j − 1 6 β i j k F i F j F k − 1 24 γ i j k l F i F j F k F l − ...
where E o is the unperturbed energy, F i is the component of the field in the i direction, μ i is the permanent dipole moment, α i j is the polarizability tensor, and β i j k and γ i j k l are the first and second hyperpolarizability tensors, respectively. β is a third order symmetric tensor that measures the second order response of the molecular electric dipole moment to the action of an external electric field and is thus often referred to as dipole hyperpolarizability.
PAC, 1999, 71, 1919 (Glossary of terms used in theoretical organic chemistry) on page 1946