parametric processes

Synonym: optical parametric processes
Interaction of photons in a non-linear medium satisfying the energy and momentum conservation laws. During the interaction the photon frequencies are mixed and photon(s) with different frequencies are created.
Optical parametric processes of three interacting beams, called frequency mixing processes, are: second-harmonic generation (SHG), sum-frequency generation (SFG), difference-frequency generation (DFG), optical parametric generation and amplification (OPG and OPA), and optical parametric oscillation (OPO).
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