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Laser Ablation and its Applications

  • Claude Phipps
  • The only book that combines the most recent results in this rapidly advancing field

  • A useful reference for researchers involved in Semiconductor Device Manufacture and Physical Chemistry


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 129)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Basic Physics and Simulations

    1. S. I. Anisimov, N. A. Inogamov, Yu. V. Petrov, V. V. Zhakhovskii, K. Nishihara
      Pages 1-16
    2. Nadezhda M. Bulgakova, Razvan Stoian, Arkadi Rosenfeld, Ingolf V. Hertel, Eleanor E. B. Campbell
      Pages 17-36
    3. B. S. Luk’yanchuk, W. D. Song, Z. B. Wang, M. H. Hong, T. C. Chong, J. Graf et al.
      Pages 37-66
    4. Jørgen Schou, Salvatore Amoruso, James G. Lunney
      Pages 67-95
  3. Ultrafast Interactions

    1. Aleksandr Ovsianikov, Sven Passinger, Ruth Houbertz, Boris N. Chichkov
      Pages 121-157
    2. David J. Funk, David S. Moore, Shawn D. McGrane
      Pages 159-184
    3. Richard F. Haglund Jr.
      Pages 185-213
    4. Alfred Vogel, Joachim Noack, Gereon Hüttman, Günther Paltauf
      Pages 231-280
  4. Material Processing

    1. Lukas Urech, Thomas Lippert
      Pages 281-297
    2. Takeshi Okato, Minoru Obara
      Pages 299-313
    3. C. N. Afonso, J. Gonzalo, R. Serna, J. Solís
      Pages 315-338
    4. Alberto Piqué, Heungsoo Kim, Craig B. Arnold
      Pages 339-373
  5. Laser-matter interaction in novel regimes

    1. Sadao Nakai, Kunioki Mima
      Pages 375-406
    2. Claude R. Phipps, James R. Luke
      Pages 407-434
    3. W. O. Schall, H. -A. Eckel, W. L. Bohn
      Pages 435-454
    4. Takashi Yabe, Shigeaki Uchida
      Pages 455-471
    5. Costas P. Grigoropoulos, Anant Chimmalgi, David J. Hwang
      Pages 473-504

About this book


Laser ablation describes the interaction of intense optical fields with matter, in which atoms are selectively driven off by thermal or nonthermal mechanisms.  The field of laser ablation physics is advancing so rapidly that its principal results are seen only in specialized journals and conferences. This is the first book that combines the most recent results in this rapidly advancing field with authoritative treatment of laser ablation and its applications, including the physics of high-power laser-matter interaction. Many practical applications exist, ranging from inertial confinement fusion to propulsion of aerostats for pollution monitoring to laser ignition of hypersonic engines to laser cleaning nanoscale contaminants in high-volume computer hard drive manufacture to direct observation of the electronic or dissociative states in atoms and molecules, to studying the properties of materials during 200kbar shocks developed in 200fs.

Selecting topics which are representative of such a broad field is difficult. Laser Ablation and its Applications emphasizes the wide range of these topics rather than - as is so often the case in advanced science – focusing on one specialty or discipline.  The book is divided into four sections: theory and modeling, ultrafast interactions, material processing and laser-matter interaction in novel regimes. The latter range from MALDI to ICF, SNOM’s and femtosecond nanosurgery to laser space propulsion.

The book arose from the SPIE series of High Power Laser Ablation Symposia which began in 1998. It is intended for a graduate course in laser interactions with plasmas and materials, but it should be accessible to anyone with a graduate degree in physics or engineering. It is also intended as a major reference work to familiarize scientists just entering the field with laser ablation and its applications.


Plasma chemistry crystal development laser material molecule particles physical chemistry simulation spectroscopy tissue transport

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  • Claude Phipps
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  1. 1.Photonic Associates, LLCSanta Fe

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