Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics

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Robert Thomson, Christopher Leburn, Derryck Reid
Springer Science & Business Media, Mar 20, 2013 - Technology & Engineering - 377 pages

The field of ultrafast nonlinear optics is broad and multidisciplinary, and encompasses areas concerned with both the generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses of light, as well as those concerned with the applications of such pulses. Ultrashort pulses are extreme events – both in terms of their durations, and also the high peak powers which their short durations can facilitate. These extreme properties make them powerful experiment tools. On one hand, their ultrashort durations facilitate the probing and manipulation of matter on incredibly short timescales. On the other, their ultrashort durations can facilitate high peak powers which can drive highly nonlinear light-matter interaction processes.

Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics covers a complete range of topics, both applied and fundamental in nature, within the area of ultrafast nonlinear optics. Chapters 1 to 4 are concerned with the generation and measurement of ultrashort pulses. Chapters 5 to 7 are concerned with fundamental applications of ultrashort pulses in metrology and quantum control. Chapters 8 and 9 are concerned with ultrafast nonlinear optics in optical fibres. Chapters 10 to 13 are concerned with the applications of ultrashort pulses in areas such as particle acceleration, microscopy, and micromachining.

The chapters are aimed at graduate-student level and are intended to provide the student with an accessible, self-contained and comprehensive gateway into each subject.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Measuring Ultrashort Optical Pulses
1
Chapter 2 UltraBroadband Optical Parametric Amplifiers
22
Chapter 3 Attosecond Generation and High Field Physics
45
Chapter 4 Advances in SolidState Ultrafast Laser Oscillators
73
Chapter 5 Ultrafast Quantum Control in Atoms and Molecules
104
Chapter 6 Femtosecond Optical Frequency Combs
129
Chapter 7 Ultrafast Material Science Probed Using Coherent Xray Pulses from HighHarmonic Generation
149
Chapter 8 Ultrafast Nonlinear Fibre Optics and Supercontinuum Generation
176
Chapter 10 Applications of UltraIntense Short Laser Pulses
226
Chapter 11 Utilising Ultrafast Lasers for Multiphoton Biomedical Imaging
251
Chapter 12 Femtosecond Laser Micromachining
287
Chapter 13 Ultrafast Laser Inscription of Photonic Devices in Bulk Dielectrics
322
Poster Sessions
351
Participants
357
Index
367
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Chapter 9 Nonlinear Wavelength Conversion and Pulse Propagation in Optical Fibres
195

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Dr Robert R. Thomson
Ultrafast Optics Group
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS
UK

Professor Derryck T. Reid
Ultrafast Optics Group
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS
UK

Dr Christopher G. Leburn
Ultrafast Optics Group
School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Heriot-Watt University,
Edinburgh
EH14 4AS
UK

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