Mid-Infrared Coherent Sources and Applications

  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh
  • Irina T. Sorokina
Conference proceedings

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6463-0

Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series B: Physics and Biophysics book series (NAPSB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Crystalline Laser and Nonlinear Optical Materials for the Mid-IR

    1. Ludmila Isaenko, Alexander Yelisseyev, Alexandra Tkachuk, Svetlana Ivanova
      Pages 3-65
    2. J. -J. Zondy, V. Petrov, Alexander Yelisseyev, S. Lobanov, Ludmila Isaenko
      Pages 67-104
  3. Sources in the Mid-IR

    1. Jerome Faist, Thierry Aellen, Tobias Gresch, Mattias Beck, Marcella Giovannini
      Pages 171-192
    2. M. Rattunde, M. T. Kelemen, N. Schulz, C. Pfahler, C. Manz, J. Schmitz et al.
      Pages 193-224
    3. Irina T. Sorokina
      Pages 225-260
    4. Markus Pollnau, Stuart D. Jackson
      Pages 315-346
    5. S. Orlov, W. Grundkötter, D. Hofmann, V. Quiring, R. Ricken, H. Suche et al.
      Pages 377-392
    6. Valdas Pasiskevicius, Fredrik Laurell
      Pages 393-418
    7. L. Lanco, M. Ravaro, J. P. Likforman, P. Filloux, X. Marcadet, S. Ducci et al.
      Pages 443-463
  4. Applications

    1. F. K. Tittel, G. Wysocki, A. Kosterev, Y. Bakhirkin
      Pages 467-493
    2. Anthony K. Y. Ngai, Stefan T. Persijn, Maarten M. J. W. van Herpen, Simona M. Cristescu, Frans J. M. Harren
      Pages 511-533

About these proceedings

Introduction

Coherent sources of mid-infrared (mid-IR) radiation are of great interest for a wide range of scienti?c and technological applications from spectroscopy and frequency metrology to information technology, industrial process control, pho- chemistry, photobiology and photomedicine. The mid-IR spectrum, which may be de?ned as wavelengths beyond ?2µm, covers important atmospheric windows, and numerous molecular gases, toxic agents, air, water, and soil pollutants, c- ponents of human breath, and several explosive agents have strong absorption ?ngerprints in this region. The development of practical coherent solid-state sources in the mid-IR can thus provide indispensable tools for a variety of - plications in environmental monitoring and pollution control, detection of water and soil contaminants, food quality control, agriculture and life sciences, and n- invasive disease diagnosis and therapy through breath analysis. Coherent mid-IR sources also offer important technologies for atmospheric chemistry, free-space communication, imaging, rapid detection of explosives, chemical and biological agents, nuclear material and narcotics, as well as applications in air- and sea-born safety and security, amongst many. The timely advancement of coherent mid-IR sources is, therefore, vital to future progress in many application areas across a broad range of scienti?c, technological, and industrial disciplines. On the other hand, more than 40 years after the invention of laser, much of the mid-IR spectrum still remains inaccessible to conventional lasers due to fun- mental limitations, most notably a lack of suitable crystalline laser gain materials.

Keywords

Biophysics NATO Physics Science Security Sub-Series B optics semiconductor spectroscopy

Editors and affiliations

  • Majid Ebrahim-Zadeh
    • 1
  • Irina T. Sorokina
    • 2
  1. 1.ICREA - Instituticio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis AvancatsSpain
  2. 2.Norwegian University of Science and TechnologyNorway

Bibliographic information

  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6439-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6463-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1874-6500