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Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics

  • Frank Träger

Part of the Springer Handbooks book series (SHB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXXI
  2. Basic Principles and Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-424
    2. Richard F. Haglund
      Pages 3-33
    3. Norbert Lindlein, Gerd Leuchs
      Pages 35-87
    4. Norbert Lindlein, Gerd Leuchs
      Pages 89-160
    5. Aleksei Zheltikov, Anne LʼHuillier, Ferenc Krausz
      Pages 161-251
    6. Matthias Brinkmann, Joseph Hayden, Martin Letz, Steffen Reichel, Carol Click, Wolfgang Mannstadt et al.
      Pages 253-399
    7. Detlev Ristau, Henrik Ehlers
      Pages 401-424
  3. Fabrication and Properties of Optical Components

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 425-619
    2. Robert P. Breault, Mary Turner
      Pages 427-445
    3. Robert Brunner, Malte Hagemann, Steffen Reichel, Kiyoshi Asakawa, Enrico Geißler, Dietrich Martin et al.
      Pages 447-541
    4. Bernd Tabbert, Alexander Goushcha
      Pages 543-619
  4. Coherent and Incoherent Light Sources

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 621-1094
    2. Dietrich Bertram, Matthias Born, Thomas Jüstel
      Pages 623-640
    3. Orazio Svelto, Stefano Longhi, Giuseppe Della Valle, Günter Huber, Stefan Kück, Markus Pollnau et al.
      Pages 641-1046
    4. Matthias Wollenhaupt, Andreas Assion, Thomas Baumert
      Pages 1047-1094
  5. Selected Applications and Special Fields

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1095-1600
    2. Sune Svanberg, Wolfgang Demtröder
      Pages 1097-1169
    3. Ajoy Ghatak, K. Thyagarajan
      Pages 1171-1208
    4. Reinhard März, Christoph Wächter
      Pages 1209-1253

About this book


The Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics provides fast, up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the wide fields of optics and lasers. It is written for daily use in the office or laboratory and offers explanatory text, data, and references needed for anyone working with lasers and optical instruments.

This second edition features numerous updates and additions. Especially four new chapters on Fiber Optics, Integrated Optics, Frequency Combs, and Interferometry reflect the major changes. In addition, chapters Optical Materials and Their Properties, Optical Detectors, Nanooptics, and Optics far Beyond the Diffraction Limit have been thoroughly revised and updated.

The now 25 chapters are grouped into four parts which cover basic principles and materials, fabrication and properties of optical components, coherent and incoherent light sources, and, finally, selected applications and special fields such as terahertz photonics, x-ray optics and holography.

Each chapter is authored by respected experts and contains the basic principles, applications and latest information in the field. Among the subjects covered are geometrical and wave optics, linear and nonlinear optics, optical materials and components, detectors, incoherent and all essential types of coherent light sources, generation of ultrashort pulses, spectroscopic techniques, laser safety as well as current trends in such modern areas as quantum optics, femto- and attosecond physics, and nanooptics as well as optics  beyond the diffraction limit.

The handbook is written and compiled for physicists, engineers and other scientists at universities and in industrial research who develop and use optical techniques.

With a Foreword by Nobel Laureate T.W. Hänsch.

Key Topics

› Basic optics principles

› Coherent and incoherent light sources

› Spectroscopies and attophysics

› Optical materials and their properties

› Fabrication and properties of optical components

› Fiber optics, integrated optics, frequency combs, and interferometry

› Selected applications and special fields: Nanooptics, quantum optics, x-ray optics, terahertz photonics, and holography


› Contains over 1000 two-color illustrations

› Includes over 120 comprehensive tables with properties of optical materials and light sources

› Emphasizes physical concepts over extensive mathematical derivations.

› Chapters with summaries, detailed index

› Delivers a wealth of up-to-date references. 


Handbook Laser Handbook Nonlinear Optics Handbook Optics Handbook Photonics Handbook Quantum Optics Laser Optics Nano Optics Optical Detectors Optical Materials Quantum Optics Ultrafast Optics X-Ray Optics

Editors and affiliations

  • Frank Träger
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of KasselKasselGermany

About the editors

Frank Träger is a Full Professor of Experimental Physics and Head of the Interdisciplinary Center for Nanostructure Science and Technology – CINSaT at the University of Kassel, Germany.

Frank Träger received the diploma in physics from the University of Heidelberg where he continued his research to earn a Ph.D. in physics in 1974. Following his habilitation, he joined the IBM Almaden Research Center in San José, California, as a guest scientist from 1981 to 1982 and for several sabbaticals until 1986.

Since 1986, he has been an associate Professor at the Institute of Physics of the University of Heidelberg, and since September 1990 a full Professor in the Physics Department of the University of Kassel, Germany. His current research interests are the preparation and characterization of metal nanoparticles and self-assembled functional films, nonlinear optical phenomena, the study and application of nonthermal desorption and ablation phenomena, ultrafast electron dynamics on the femtosecond timescale and, last but not least, imaging of DNA by scanning probe microscopies. In his experiments, tunable laser radiation plays an essential role.

Frank Träger serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Applied Physics B – Lasers and Optics published by Springer-Verlag. He is a Corresponding Member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and of acatech, Konvent für Technikwissenschaften der Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften e.V.

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From the reviews of the second edition:

"Frank Träger has assembled a veritable who’s who of laser researchers … . In short, go out and buy this book; it is an excellent desk reference for researchers and research students. Undergraduates will find much to interest them, especially those contemplating entering the field. My only problem is where to hide my copy before my students think it should be on their shelf!" (Barry Luther-Davies, Australian Physics, Vol. 44 (4), 2007)

"This weighty work is intended to offer comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the wide fields of optics and lasers. … Overall text is clear, well written and accompanied by appropriate tables and diagrams. … The book’s content emphasis is very much on material suitable for the optical practitioner. … a worthy addition to stock for any library supporting physics at a university or specialist level." (Gareth J. Johnson, Reference Reviews, Vol. 22 (2), 2008)

“I recommend this modern, comprehensive handbook to students, educators, engineers and scientists. The chapters are clearly written and include sophisticated illustrations that augment the text. The tables of data are also exemplary. The authors strike a good balance between the theory and implementation. The reader will appreciate the explanations of both the detailed mathematics and the physical aspects of the concepts. Each chapter contains pertinent references and an index.” (Barry R. Masters, Optics & Photonics News, November, 2012)