Theoretical Femtosecond Physics

Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields

  • Frank Grossmann

Part of the Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics book series (SSAOPP, volume 48)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Prerequisites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Applications

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-214

About this book


Theoretical femtosecond physics is a new field of research. Theoretical investigations of atoms and molecules interacting with pulsed or continuous wave lasers of up to atomic field strengths are leading to an understanding of many challenging experimental discoveries. Laser-matter interaction is treated on a nonperturbative level in the book using approximate and numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The light field is treated classically. Physical phenomena, ranging from ionization of atoms to the ionization and dissociation of molecules and the control of chemical reactions are presented and discussed. Theoretical background for experiments with strong and short laser pulses is given. Several exercises are included in the main text. Some detailed calculations are performed in the appendices.


Continuous wave Laser Laser-Induced Dissociation Laser-Induced Ionization Laser-matter interaction Optimal control Time-dependent Schrödinger equation

Authors and affiliations

  • Frank Grossmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

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