Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. M. Suhail Zubairy
      Pages 3-24 Open Access
    3. Roshdi Rashed
      Pages 25-39 Open Access
  3. Ultrafast Phenomena and the Invisible World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Ahmed H. Zewail
      Pages 43-68 Open Access
  4. Optical Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Bahaa Saleh
      Pages 71-85 Open Access
    3. Dandan Zhu, Colin J. Humphreys
      Pages 87-118 Open Access
  5. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Dmitri V. Voronine, Narangerel Altangerel, Edward S. Fry, Olga Kocharovskaya, Alexei V. Sokolov, Vladislav V. Yakovlev et al.
      Pages 147-176 Open Access
    3. Govind P. Agrawal
      Pages 177-199 Open Access
    4. Thomas Walther, Edward S. Fry
      Pages 201-222 Open Access
    5. Munir H. Nayfeh
      Pages 223-264 Open Access
    6. Charles M. Falco
      Pages 265-283 Open Access
    7. Pablo Artal
      Pages 285-297 Open Access
    8. Alexis Méndez
      Pages 299-333 Open Access
  6. Quantum Optics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 335-335
    2. Pierre Meystre
      Pages 337-357 Open Access
    3. Michael Fleischhauer, Gediminas Juzeliūnas
      Pages 359-383 Open Access
    4. Yanhua H. Shih
      Pages 385-434 Open Access
    5. Robert W. Boyd, Miles J. Padgett
      Pages 435-454 Open Access
    6. Mario Krenn, Mehul Malik, Thomas Scheidl, Rupert Ursin, Anton Zeilinger
      Pages 455-482 Open Access
    7. Wolfgang P. Schleich
      Pages 483-504 Open Access

About this book


Light and light based technologies have played an important role in transforming our lives via scientific contributions spanned over thousands of years. In this book we present a vast collection of articles on various aspects of light and its applications in the contemporary world at a popular or semi-popular level. These articles are written by the world authorities in their respective fields. This is therefore a rare volume where the world experts have come together to present the developments in this most important field of science in an almost pedagogical manner.


 This volume covers five aspects related to light. The first presents two articles, one on the history of the nature of light, and the other on the scientific achievements of Ibn-Haitham (Alhazen), who is broadly considered the father of modern optics. These are then followed by an article on ultrafast phenomena and the invisible world. The third part includes papers on specific sources of light, the discoveries of which have revolutionized optical technologies in our lifetime. They discuss the nature and the characteristics of lasers, Solid-state lighting based on the Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology, and finally modern electron optics and its relationship to the Muslim golden age in science.  The book’s fourth part discusses various applications of optics and light in today's world, including biophotonics, art, optical communication, nanotechnology, the eye as an optical instrument, remote sensing, and optics in medicine. In turn, the last part focuses on quantum optics, a modern field that grew out of the interaction of light and matter. Topics addressed include atom optics, slow, stored and stationary light, optical tests of the foundation of physics, quantum mechanical properties of light fields carrying orbital angular momentum, quantum communication, and Wave-Particle dualism in action.


International Year of Light Optics and Light Optical Sources Quantum Optics Light-based Technologies Light-based Applications

Editors and affiliations

  • Mohammad D. Al-Amri
    • 1
  • Mohamed El-Gomati
    • 2
  • M. Suhail Zubairy
    • 3
  1. 1.National Center for Applied PhysicsKing Abdulaziz City for Science and TechnologyRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  2. 2.Department of ElectronicsUniversity of YorkHeslingtonUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Department of Physics and AstronomyTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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