Self-focusing: Past and Present

Fundamentals and Prospects

  • Robert W. Boyd
  • Svetlana G. Lukishova
  • Y.R. Shen

Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 114)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXVII
  2. Self-focusing in the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John H. Marburger
      Pages 21-102
    3. G. M. Fraiman, A.G. Litvak, V.I. Talanov, S.N. Vlasov
      Pages 103-127
    4. R. Y. Chiao, T.K. Gustafson, P.L. Kelley
      Pages 129-143
    5. Anthony J. Campillo
      Pages 157-173
    6. E. A. Kuznetsov
      Pages 175-190
    7. Svetlana G. Lukishova, Yury V. Senatsky, Nikolai E. Bykovsky, Alexander S. Scheulin
      Pages 191-229
    8. Xiaohui Ni, R. R. Alfano
      Pages 253-263
    9. Michael Hercher
      Pages 267-294
  3. Self-focusing in the Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 296-296
    2. Jie Zhang, Zuoqiang Hao, Tingting Xi, Xin Lu, Zhe Zhang, Hui Yang et al.
      Pages 323-347
    3. See Leang Chin, Weiwei Liu, Olga G. Kosareva, Valerii P. Kandidov
      Pages 349-370
    4. V.P. Kandidov, A. E. Dormidonov, O.G. Kosareva, S.L. Chin, W. Liu
      Pages 371-398
    5. Claudio Conti, Paolo Di Trapani, Stefano Trillo
      Pages 439-456
    6. Eugenijus Gaižauskas, Audrius Dubietis, Viačeslav Kudriašov, Valdas Sirutkaitis, Arnaud Couairon, Daniele Faccio et al.
      Pages 457-479
    7. G. G. Matvienko, S.N. Bagaev, A.A. Zemlyanov, Yu.E. Geints, A.M. Kabanov, A.N. Stepanov
      Pages 507-516
    8. Sabino Chávez-Cerda, Marcelo David Iturbe-Castillo, Jandir Miguel Hickmann
      Pages 517-545
    9. E. DelRe, M. Segev
      Pages 547-572
    10. Eric W. Van Stryland, David J. Hagan
      Pages 573-591
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 593-605

About this book


Self-focusing: Past and Present presents a comprehensive treatment of self-focusing and reviews both theoretical and experimental investigations of self-focusing. It connects the extensive early literature on self-focusing, filamentation, self-trapping, and collapse with more recent studies aimed at issues such as self-focusing of femtosecond pulses, white light generation, and the generation of filaments in air with lengths of more than 10 km. It also describes some modern advances in self-focusing theory including the influence of beam nonparaxiality on self-focusing collapse. In addition, this text reprints three key articles in the field, as well as the paper that describes the first laboratory observation of self-focusing phenomena with photographic evidence.

Self-focusing: Past and Present is of interest to scientists and engineers working with lasers and their applications, as well as students, researchers, and laser and eye surgeons.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Robert W. Boyd
    • 1
  • Svetlana G. Lukishova
    • 1
  • Y.R. Shen
    • 2
  1. 1.University of RochesterRochesterUK
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaBerkeley

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