Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena

Edited by

  • Paul Liao, Bell Communications Research Inc.
  • Paul Kelley, Kaminow Lightwave Technologies


  • Jean-Claude Diels, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
  • Wolfgang Rudolph, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA

Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena, 2e serves as an introduction to the phenomena of ultra short laser pulses and describes how this technology can be used to examine problems in areas such as electromagnetism, optics, and quantum mechanics. Ultrashort Laser Pulse Phenomena combines theoretical backgrounds and experimental techniques and will serve as a manual on designing and constructing femtosecond ("faster than electronics") systems or experiments from scratch. Beyond the simple optical system, the various sources of ultrashort pulses are presented, again with emphasis on the basic concepts and how they apply to the design of particular sources (dye lasers, solid state lasers, semiconductor lasers, fiber lasers, and sources based on frequency conversion).
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Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-215493-5


“Although very detailed information is presented, the authors provide the information in an easily-read and concise format, with clear verbal descriptions, figures, and bibliographic references at the end of each chapter. This text is written at the level of senior undergraduate students in physics, chemistry or engineering, but provides ample descriptions for those less mathematically inclined. It is certainly a welcome addition to one’s reference library.” — Raymond F. Lanzsafame, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery

Table of Contents

1. Fundamentals2. Femtosecond Optics3. Light-Matter Interaction4. Coherent Phenomena5. Ultrashort Sources6. Amplifiers7. Pulse Shaping8. Pulse Diagnostics9. Measurement Techniques of Fs Spectroscopy10. Examples of Ultrafast Processes in Matter11. Generation of Extreme Wavelengths12. Miscellaneous ApplicationsAppendicesBibliographyIndex