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Theoretical Femtosecond Physics

Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields

  • Gives a tutorial-like complete presentation of theoretical femtosecond physics

  • Represents the state of the art of theoretical femtosecond physics

  • Includes more than 30 exercises with worked-out solutions

  • Contains a tutorial chapter on numerical solution methods of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XV
  2. Prerequisites

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 3-15
    3. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 17-75
  3. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 79-98
    3. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 99-136
    4. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 137-210
  4. Supplements

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Frank Grossmann
      Pages 213-248
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 249-254

About this book


Theoretical investigations of atoms and molecules interacting with pulsed or continuous wave lasers up to atomic field strengths on the order of 10^16 W/cm² are leading to an understanding of many challenging experimental discoveries. This book deals with the basics of femtosecond physics and goes up to the latest applications of new phenomena. The book presents an introduction to laser physics with mode-locking and pulsed laser operation. The solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation is discussed both analytically and numerically. The basis for the non-perturbative treatment of laser-matter interaction in the book is the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The light field is treated classically, and different possible gauges are discussed. Physical phenonema, ranging from Rabi-oscillations in two-level systems to the ionization of atoms, the generation of high harmonics, the ionization and dissociation of molecules as well as the control of chemical reactions are presented and discussed on a fundamental level. In this way the theoretical background for state of the art experiments with strong and short laser pulses is given. The text is augmented by more than thirty exercises, whose worked-out solutions are given in the last chapter. Some detailed calculations are performed in the appendices. Furthermore, each chapter ends with references to more specialized literature.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1., Institut für Theoretische PhysikTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany

About the authors

Frank Großmann has received his PhD at the University of Augsburg under the supervision of Prof. P. Hänggi in 1992. Postdoctoral stays at UW, Seattle, WA, USA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.- Habilitation and Venia Legendi at the University of Freiburg in 1998. Privatdozent at TU Dresden since 2000.

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