An Introduction to Laser Spectroscopy

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David L. Andrews, Andrey A. Demidov
Springer Science & Business Media, Aug 31, 2002 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 375 pages
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Remarkably sustained advances in the development of new lasers and their applications in spectroscopy have prompted this revised and expanded edition of the highly successful Introduction to Laser Spectroscopy, first published in 1995. In the new edition the editors have preserved the basic concept and structure, with the involvement of some new authors - all recognized experts in laser spectroscopy. Each chapter addresses a different technique, providing a review and analysis of the current status, and reporting some of the latest achievements. With the key formulas and methods detailed in many sections, this text represents a practicable handbook of its subject. It will be a valuable tool both for specialists to keep abreast of developments and for newcomers to the field needing an accessible introduction to specific methods of laser spectroscopy - and also as a resource for primary references.
The first two chapters lay out the technical details of the main laser systems now employed for spectroscopy, and then the principles and applications of absorption and fluorescence measurements. Following a description of Raman scattering, the development of pump-probe techniques is then traced. The next chapters deal more specifically with applications of laser-induced fluorescence, first addressing diagnostics for biochemical systems, and then applications to ordered systems. The use of tunable infrared lasers for the spectroscopy of transient species is discussed in the next chapter, followed by an introduction to optical nonlinearity focusing on its surface applications. The utilisation of nonlinear optics for tunable ultraviolet generation is then described and the penultimate chapter gives a description of femtosecond laser ionisation applied in mass spectrometry. The book concludes with a survey of the environmental applications of laser remote sensing.

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Following PhD studies in Chemistry at University College London, David Andrews spent two years as a Research Associate in the Department of Mathematics. He then joined the University of East Anglia as Lecturer, gaining a Chair in Chemical Physics in 1996; he has also held Visiting Fellowships at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and twice at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Prof. Andrews was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 1988, a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 1999, and a Fellow of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering, in 2006. The interests of his research group broadly concern developing the theory of molecular interactions - with each other, and with light - in terms of quantum electrodynamics (QED). Quantum electrodynamics is essentially the study of how matter interacts with light, treating both matter and light quantum mechanically. The QED group at UEA has been at the forefront in applications ranging from spectroscopy and nonlinear optics to the intermolecular transport of energy. Prof. Andrews has more than 300 research papers and 10 books to his name, including the widely adopted textbook, Lasers in Chemistry; he is also on the Editorial Boards of four international journals. The current focus of his research is on novel mechanisms for optical nanomanipulation and switching, and light harvesting in nanostructured molecular systems. His group enjoys strong international links, particularly with groups in Canada, Lithuania, New Zealand and the US. Prof. Andrews was recently Chair of the SPIE Nanotechnology Technical Group and he is currently Chair of the Royal Society of Chemistry Molecular Spectroscopy Group.