Femtosecond Optical Frequency Comb: Principle, Operation, and Applications

  • Editors
  • Jun Ye
  • Steven T. Cundiff

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-11
  2. Jun Ye, Steven T. Cundiff
    Pages 12-53
  3. Franz X. Kärtner, Erich P. Ippen, Steven T. Cundiff
    Pages 54-77
  4. Albrecht Bartels
    Pages 78-96
  5. Alexander L. Gaeta, Robert S. Windeler
    Pages 97-111
  6. Günter Steinmeyer, Ursula Keller
    Pages 112-132
  7. Thomas Udem, Marcus Zimmermann, Ronald Holzwarth, Marc Fischer, Nikolai Kolachevsky, Theodor W. Hänsch
    Pages 176-197
  8. Harald Schnatz, Jörn Stenger, Burghard Lipphardt, Nils Haverkamp, Carl-Otto Weiss
    Pages 198-224
  9. Scott A. Diddams, Jun Ye, Leo Hollberg
    Pages 225-262
  10. Andrius Baltuška, Gerhard G. Paulus, Fabrizio Lindner, Reinhard Kienberger, Ferenc Krausz
    Pages 263-313
  11. Emily Gibson, Ivan Christov, Margaret M. Murnane, Henry C. Kapteyn
    Pages 314-332
  12. Jean-Claude Diels, R. Jason Jones, Ladan Arissian
    Pages 333-354
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 355-361

About this book


Over the last few years, there has been a remarkable convergence among the fields of ultrafast optics, optical frequency metrology, and precision laser spectroscopy. This convergence has enabled unprecedented advances in control of the electric field of the pulses produced by femtosecond mode-locked lasers. The resulting spectrum consists of a comb of sharp spectral lines with well-defined frequencies. These new techniques and capabilities are generally known as "femtosecond comb technology." They have had dramatic impact on the diverse fields of precision measurement and extreme nonlinear optical physics.

This book provides an introductory description of mode-locked lasers, the connection between time and frequency descriptions of their output and the physical origins of the electric field dynamics, together with an overview of applications of femtosecond comb technology. Individual chapters go into more detail on mode-locked laser development, spectral broadening in microstructure fiber, optical parametric amplification, optical frequency metrology, optical atomic clocks, ultrasensitive sensors, carrier-envelope phase dynamics, high field ionization of atoms and generation of attosecond high-harmonic radiation.

To provide readers with the most recent, direct, and comprehensive information, the chapters are written by the international researchers who have led the development of this field. This book provides an introduction to those new to the field and is at the same time a resource for experts.


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  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-23790-9
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-23791-6
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