While reading books on nonlinear optics, I often come across concepts such as second-order susceptibility which is not covered in undergraduate E&M books like Griffiths. Are there any good E&M books that will cover such topics?


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You cannot go wrong with Jackson's Classical electrodynamics. It's a classic, and it contains a broad variety of topics, even very advanced ones. It's a pretty mathematically heavy book, so before tackling it you should have a good understanding of complex, as well as real analysis. You can see the table of contents here.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! Is there any book that you would recommend for real and/or complex analysis? $\endgroup$
    – Paddy
    Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 18:00
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    $\begingroup$ Not a specific one, there are so many. I'm sure you'll find many references online, even on the mathematics stackexchange. See what fits you best. $\endgroup$ Commented Jul 21, 2020 at 18:06

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