SNLO is widely-used, cost-free software developed by Dr. Arlee Smith. It is a native Windows application, with several functions to assist in selecting a nonlinear crystal and modeling its performance. It includes data for more than 50 crystals.
Installation instructions can be found in the readme file.
More information about how to use SNLO can be found in the short article snlo_introduction.pdf.
SNLO has some examples and exercises provided in the Crystal Nonlinear Optics: with SNLO examples (second edition). A list of them is in SNLO Exercises and Examples.pdf.
A prettier PDF of SNLO’s help function can be found in SNLO_help.pdf.
Information on properties and applications of 150+ nonlinear crystals in 1000+ papers may be found in the bibliography Crystals.pdf.
The current version of SNLO is 79 (February 28, 2023). View the changelog.
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