Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics

  • Robert Thomson
  • Christopher Leburn
  • Derryck Reid

Part of the Scottish Graduate Series book series (SGS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Adam S. Wyatt, Ian A. Walmsley
    Pages 1-21
  3. Giulio Cerullo, Daniele Brida
    Pages 23-43
  4. Jon P. Marangos, Malte Oppermann
    Pages 45-72
  5. Christopher G. Leburn, Derryck T. Reid
    Pages 73-103
  6. Philip H. Bucksbaum
    Pages 105-128
  7. Thomas Udem, Ronald Holzwarth, Theodor Hänsch
    Pages 129-147
  8. Stefan Mathias, Henry C. Kapteyn, Margaret M. Murnane
    Pages 149-175
  9. John M. Dudley, Rim Cherif, Stephane Coen, Goery Genty
    Pages 177-193
  10. Ken W. D. Ledingham
    Pages 227-249
  11. Erich E. Hoover, Eric V. Chandler, Jeffrey J. Field, Dawn N. Vitek, Michael D. Young, Jeff A. Squier
    Pages 251-286
  12. Loren Cerami, Eric Mazur, Stefan Nolte, Chris B. Schaffer
    Pages 287-321
  13. Robert R. Thomson, Giulio Cerullo
    Pages 323-350
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 351-377

About this book


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.


Femtosecond Optical Frequency Combs Nonlinear Wavelength Conversion Ultra-broadband Optical Amplifiers Ultrafast Laser Inscription Ultrafast Laser Oscillators Ultrafast Material Science Ultrafast Nonlinear Fibre Optics Ultrafast Nonlinear Pulses Ultrafast Quantum Control Ultrashort Pulses

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert Thomson
    • 1
  • Christopher Leburn
    • 2
  • Derryck Reid
    • 3
  1. 1.Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-00016-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-00017-6
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