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Laser Spectroscopy

Vol. 1 Basic Principles


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Pages 1-3
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 397-457

About this book


Keeping abreast of the latest techniques and applications, this new edition of the standard reference and graduate text on laser spectroscopy has been completely revised and expanded. While the general concept is unchanged, the new edition features a broad array of new material, e.g., frequency doubling in external cavities, reliable cw-parametric oscillators, tunable narrow-band UV sources, more sensitive detection techniques, tunable femtosecond and sub-femtosecond lasers (X-ray region and the attosecond range), control of atomic and molecular excitations, frequency combs able to synchronize independent femtosecond lasers, coherent matter waves, and still more applications in chemical analysis, medical diagnostics, and engineering.


Absorption Birefringence Emission Free electron Gravitation Interference Interferometer Laser Laser Spectroscopy Laserspektroskopie Quantum eff Spectral UV Wave spectroscopy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

Bibliographic information


"A detailed survey of the essential ideas and facts, which, because of its clarity and utility, is already a classic... It would be hard to imagine a better book at this level addressed to a wide audience." Applied Optics

"It describes a very wide range of spectroscopic methods and applications, most of which employ lasers. Physicists and chemical physicists carrying out research that involves the use of lasers will particularly welcome this new edition. … this book enables any individual to appreciate where his/her work fits into the broad field of laser science. The book is well illustrated, accurately produced, is supplemented by a very extensive set of references, and contains many helpful example boxes where concepts and formulae are illustrated." (Prof. M. R. N. Ashfold, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 44 (6), 2003)

"This book is primarily intended as a textbook for a course in modern spectroscopy based on the laser... for the advanced student or for a course designed for physics graduate students working directly in almost any form of spectroscopy, this volume will serve as an excellent text and/or source book. Indeed, this book will also be an excellent source book for senior scientists ... this book has been beautifully produced with clear type, excellent line-drawings, and nicely set equations." (Gary J. Long, Physicalia, Vol. 25 (4), 2003)

"Good news for all students and physicist working in the field. Since long time this book is a standard textbook belonging to highest class of educational books... this third edition of the standard reference and graduate text on laser spectroscopy has been completely revised and expanded... This already classic text can be recommended to students in physics and chemistry, professionals... as well as to engineers and other interested people working in science and engineering." (T. Tschudi, Optik, Vol. 114 (7), 2003)

From the reviews of the fourth edition:

"This is a well-written logical introduction to the basic principles of laser spectroscopy. … The examples continue to be well chosen and relevant, the reference literature is selectively expanded, and solution to the given problems included. … Laser Spectroscopy should be considered a classic and it is highly recommended to students, teachers, and practitioners." (Optics Journal, Vol. 3 (1), 2009)