The Supercontinuum Laser Source: Fundamentals with Updated References / Edition 2

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Photonics and nonlinear optics are important areas of science, engineering and technology. One of the most important ultrafast nonlinear optical processes is the supercontinuum (SC) - the production of intense white light pulses covering: uv, visible, NIR, MIR, and IR. It is produced using ultrashort laser pulses (ps/fs) to produce the ultrabroad band of frequencies. This book covers the fundamental principles and surveys research of current thinkers and experts in the field with updated references of the key breakthroughs over the past decade and a half. The application of SC are time-resolved pump-SC probe absorption and excitation spectroscopy for chemistry, biology and physics fundamental processes; optical coherence tomography; ultrashort pulse generation in femtosecond and attosecond regions; frequency clocks; phase stabilization; optical communication; atmospheric science; lightning control; optical medical imaging; biological cell imaging; and metrology standards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387245041
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 11/16/2005
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 538
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert R. Alfano's accomplishments in the field include:

Seminal patent on the supercontinuum.

Discovery of the supercontinuum.

Fellow of APS, OSA, IEEE, AP Sloan Fellow, published three (3) Physical Review Letters in one volume in 1970 on the supercontinuum.

700 published works, 80 patents, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering.

Photonic and ultrafast phenomena expert

Inventor of Cr4+ tunable lasers

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Table of Contents

Alfano’s The Supercontinuum Laser Source 2/e


New Preface

1989 Edition Preface


Part I: Fundamentals

Chapter 1 Theory of Self Phase Modulation and Spectral Boradening

Y.R. Shen and Guo-Zhen Yang

Chapter 2 Supercontinuum Generation and Condensed Matter

Q.Z. Wang, P.P. Ho, and R.R. Alfano

Chapter 3 Ultrashort Pulse Propagation in Nonlinear Dispersive Fibers

Govind P. Agrawal

Chapter 4 Cross-Phase Modulation: A New Technique for Controlling the

Spectral, Temporal, and Spatial Properties of Ultrashort Pulses

P.L. Baldeck, P.P. Ho, and R.R. Alfano

Chapter 5 Simple Models of Self-Phase and Induced-Phase Modulation

Jamal T. Manassah

Chapter 6 Self-steepening of Optical Pulses

B.R. Suydam

Chapter 7 Self-focusing and Continuum Generation in Gases

Paul B. Corkum and Claude Rolland

Chapter 8 Utilization of UV and IR Supercontinua in Gas-Phase

Subpicosecond Kinetic Spectroscopy

J.H. Glownia, J. Misewich, and P.P. Sorokin

Chapter 9 Applications of Supercontinuum: Present and Future

R.Dorsinville, P.P. Ho, Jamal T. Manassah, and R.R. Alfano

Chapter 10 Pulse Compression in Single-Mode Fibers—Picoseconds to Femtoseconds

A.M. Johnson and C.V. Shank


Part II: New Developments

Chapter 11 Coherence Properties of the Supercontinuum Source

I. Zeylikovich and R.R. Alfano

Chapter 12 Supercontinuum Generation in Materials (Solids, Liquids, Gases, Air)


Updated References

Chapter 13 Supercontinuum generation in microstructure fiber


Updated References

Chapter 14 Supercontinuum in wavelength division multiplex telecommunication


Updated References

Chapter 15 Femtosecond Pump – Supercontinuum Probe for Applications in Semiconductors, Biology and Chemistry


Updated References

Chapter 16 Supercontinuum in optical coherence tomography


Updated References

Chapter 17 Supercontinuum in fs carrier-envelope phase stabilization


Updated References

Chapter 18 Supercontinuum in ultrafast pulse compression


Updated References

Chapter 19 Supercontinuum in time and frequency metrology


Updated References

Chapter 20 Supercontinuum in Atmospheric Science


Updated References

Chapter 21 Coherence of the Supercontinuum


Updated References

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