Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Franz X. Kärtner, Uwe Morgner, Thomas Schibli, Richard Ell, Hermann A. Haus, James G. Fujimoto et al.
    Pages 73-136
  3. Sandro De Silvestri, Mauro Nisoli, Giuseppe Sansone, Salvatore Stagira, Orazio Svelto
    Pages 137-178
  4. Andrius Baltuška, Takayoshi Kobayashi
    Pages 179-228
  5. Rick Trebino, Andrius Baltuška, Maxim S. Pshenichnikov, Douwe A. Wiersma
    Pages 231-264
  6. Thomas Udem, Ronald Holzwarth, Marcus Zimmermann, Christoph Gohle, Theodor Hänsch
    Pages 295-317
  7. David J. Jones, Steve T. Cundiff, Tara M. Fortier, John L. Hall, Jun Ye
    Pages 317-343
  8. Reinhard Kienberger, Ferenc Krausz
    Pages 343-379
  9. Maxim S. Pshenichnikov, Andrius Baltuška, Douwe A. Wiersma
    Pages 409-445
  10. Back Matter

About this book


This book covers the physics and technology of short pulse laser sources that generate pulses with widths of only a few optical cycles. The basic design considerations for the different systems, such as lasers, parametric amplifiers and external compression techniques, which have emerged over the last decade, are discussed to give researchers and graduate students a thorough introduction to this field. The existence of these sources has opened many new fields of research that were not possible before, such as UV- and X-ray generation from table-top systems using high-harmonic generation, frequency metrology with unprecedented precision, high-resolution optical coherence tomography and strong-field ultrafast solid-state processes, to mention only a few. Many new applications will follow. The book attempts to give a comprehensive, while not excessive, introduction to this exciting, new field that serves both experienced researchers and graduate students entering the field.


Attosecond science Ultrafast nonlinear optics Ultrashort laser pulses coherence design dynamics energy interferometry laser laser spectroscopy metrology nonlinear optics optical coherence tomography (OCT) optics research science semiconductor spectroscopy

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Few-Cycle Laser Pulse Generation and Its Applications
  • Editors Franz X. Kärtner
  • Series Title Topics in Applied Physics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Topics Appl. Phys.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-20115-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-05760-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-540-39849-3
  • Series ISSN 0303-4216
  • Series E-ISSN 1437-0859
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 448
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices
    Engineering, general
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From the reviews:

"The book on the generation and application of few-cycle laser pulses is a timely project that is bound to attract much attention of experts in lasers, optics, and spectroscopy … . Comprehensive articles on the most significant and interesting subjects of ultrafast photonics and spectroscopy, an outstanding all-star list of authors, and an excellent work by the editor, enhanced by a superb quality of printing and illustrations, will make this book a precious source of knowledge for anyone interested in femto- and attosecond science." (Aleksei Zheltikov, Journal of Raman Spectroscopy, Vol. 36 (11), 2005)