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Introduction to Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124447202, 9780323158442

Introduction to Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy

1st Edition

Author: Marc Levenson
eBook ISBN: 9780323158442
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1982
Page Count: 270
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Introduction to Nonlinear Laser Spectroscopy focuses on the principles of nonlinear laser spectroscopy. This book discusses the experimental techniques of nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Comprised of seven chapters, this book starts with an overview of the stimulated Raman effect and coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy, which can be used in a varied way to generate radiation in the ultraviolet and vacuum-ultraviolet areas. This text then explains the simplest quantum-mechanical system consisting of an isolated entity with energy eigenstates |b> and |a> having energies Eb and Ea (Eb > Ea), respectively. Other chapters examine the exciting possibilities started by saturated absorption and related techniques, including improved spectroscopic precision, studies of collisional dynamics, and better measurements of fundamental constants and of basic units. The final chapter deals with the method of infrared spectrophotography, which combines efficient detection, time resolution, and coherent infrared. Spectroscopists and graduate students will find this book extremely useful.

Table of Contents



1. Introduction

1.1 Prologue: Linear Spectroscopy

1.2 The Tunable Laser

1.3 A Catalog of Nonlinear Phenomena

1.4 Linear Spectroscopy with Nonlinear Sources

1.5 Laser Spectroscopy Literature


2. Theory

2.1 The Density Matrix for a Two-Level System

2.2 The Interactions and the Hamiltonian

2.3 Relaxation

2.4 The Master Equation and the Vector Model

2.5 The Nonlinear Polarization Density and Nonlinear Susceptibility

2.6 Inhomogeneous Broadening

2.7 Effective Operators for Multiquantum Transitions

2.8 Multiple Resonance Effects

2.9 The Wave Equation and the Detected Signal

2.10 The Recipe


3. Saturation Spectroscopy

3.1 Burning and Detecting Holes in a Doppler-Broadened Two-Level System

3.2 Crossover Resonances and Polarization Spectroscopy

3.3 Coupled Doppler-Broadened Transitions

3.4 Experimental Methods of Saturation Spectroscopy in Gases

3.5 Ramsey Fringes in Saturation Spectroscopy

3.6 The Line-Shape Problem in Saturation Spectroscopy

3.7 Experimental Results in Saturation Spectroscopy of Gases

3.8 Multiphoton and Double-Resonance Saturation Techniques

3.9 Saturation Techniques for Condensed Phases

3.10 Applications of Saturation Techniques


4. Coherent Raman Spectroscopy


4.1 Driving and Detecting a Raman Mode

4.2 Symmetry Considerations

4.3 Relationship between χR and the Spontaneous Cross Section

4.4 Wave-Vector Matching

4.5 Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy

4.6 Raman-Induced Kerr Effect Spectroscopy

4.7 Stimulated Raman Gain and Loss Spectroscopy

4.8 Four-Wave Mixing

4.9 Applications

4.10 Judging the Merits: The Signal-to-Noise Ratio


5 . Multiphoton Absorption

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Doppler-Free Two- and Three-Photon Absorption

5.3 Multiquantum Ionization

5.4 Nonlinear Mixing

5.5 Applications


6. Optical Coherent Transients

6.1 The Optical Free-Induction Decay

6.2 Optical Nutation

6.3 The Photon Echo

6.4 The Stimulated Echo

6.5 Ramsey Fringes

6.6 Experimental Techniques and Results


7. Nonlinear Sources for Linear and Nonlinear Spectroscopy

7.1 Second Harmonic and Sum Frequency Generation

7.2 Third- and Higher-Order Sum and Harmonic Generation

7.3 Raman Shifting

7.4 Spontaneous XUV Anti-Stokes

7.5 Infrared Spectrophotography


Appendix: Symbol Glossary-Index



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