Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena

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9780124166318: Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena

Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena balances theory and applications of ultrafast optical pulses, with detailed descriptions of experimental configurations and surveys of relevant data from the literature, demonstrating how the technology can be applied in areas such as spectroscopy, medical imaging, electromagnetism, optics, and quantum physics. The third edition streamlines the discussion of ultrashort pulse fundamentals and their main application fields. Nonlinear optics is revised and re-organized, from most general transient concepts, leading through successive approximations to the classical concepts of nonlinear susceptibility. Sections on recent developments such as comb spectroscopy, attosecond science and corresponding laser sources have been added or considerably extended. Showing how abstract models can be put into practice, this book is an easy-to-understand guide to designing and constructing femtosecond and attosecond systems and applications, suitable for engineers and scientists working in the areas of optics, spectroscopy, optical imaging, photochemistry, and ultrafast science and engineering. It provides an easy to follow guide through "faster than electronics" probing and detection methods. It is the manual on designing and constructing femtosecond systems and experiments. It discusses the essential technology for applications in micro-machining, femtochemistry, medical imaging, and attosecond science. It features elegant theoretical formulations in conjunction with experimental discussions on practical implementation and "field-applications" of nonlinear and ultrafast optics. It includes insightful presentation of measurement techniques with numerous examples of ultrafast processes in assorted materials. Key Features of this edition: chapters 3 and 4 re-written and combined into a single chapter starting with general concepts of coherent interaction, evolving by approximations to the traditional concepts of nonlinear optics; new chapter 4 on High Fields interactions, to include High Harmonic Generation attosecond phenomena, and particle accelerators; new section on the synthesis of frequency combs (cascade of Raman lines or of harmonics) to create ultrashort pulses (chapter 5), VECSEL lasers (chapter 6), OPCPA , Dazzler and Fazzler (Chapter 8); add comb spectroscopy and molecular spectroscopy in Chapter 10; and, chapters 11 through 13 completely re-written and updated.

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