Ultrashort Light Pulses

Picosecond Techniques and Applications

  • Stanley L. Shapiro

Part of the Topics in Applied Physics book series (TAP, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. S. L. Shapiro
    Pages 1-15
  3. D. J. Bradley
    Pages 17-81
  4. E. P. Ippen, C. V. Shank
    Pages 83-122
  5. D. H. Auston
    Pages 123-201
  6. D. von der Linde
    Pages 203-273
  7. K. B. Eisenthal
    Pages 275-315
  8. A. J. Campillo, S. L. Shapiro
    Pages 317-376
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 377-392

About this book


Soon after the invention of the laser, a brand-new area of endeavour emerged after the discovery that powerful ultrashort (picosecond) light pulses could be extracted from some lasers. Chemists, physicists, and engineers quickly recognized that such pulses would allow direct temporal studies of extremely rapid phenomena requiring, however, development of revolutionary ultrafast optical and electronic devices. For basic research the development of picosecond pulses was highly important because experimentalists were now able to measure directly the motions of atoms and molecules in liquids and solids: by disrupting a material from equilibrium with an intense picosecond pulse and then recording the time of return to the equilibrium state by picosecond techniques. Studies of picosecond laser pulses-their generation and diagnostic tech­ niques-are still undergoing a fairly rapid expansion, but a critical review of the state of the art by experienced workers in the field may be a timely help to new experimentalists. We shall review the sophisticated tools developed in the last ten years, including the modelocked picosecond-pulse-emitting lasers, the picosecond detection techniques, and picosecond devices. Moreover, we shall outline the basic foundations for the study of rapid events in chemistry and physics, which have emerged after many interesting experiments and which are now being applied in biology. An in-depth coverage of various aspects of the picosecond field should be helpful to scientists and engineers alike.


Light chemistry development laser physics

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley L. Shapiro
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos Scientific LaboratoryUniversity of CaliforniaLos AlamosUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-22576-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-22574-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0303-4216
  • Series Online ISSN 1437-0859
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