Ultrafast Optics

ISBN-10: 0471415391
ISBN-13: 9780471415398
Edition: 2009
Authors: Andrew Weiner
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Book details

List price: $167.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/15/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 598
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.530
Language: English

This is the first comprehensive description of an important topic, both in terms of technology and pure research, in a number of different disciplines. It is beginning to be offered as a graduate-level course and there are many researchers and engineers who use ultrafast laser systems in their daily work. Full of a balanced treatment of theory and applications, this book presents a standard textbook and reference on the subject. Writing for a broad audience, the author's experience in industry and academia makes him an ideal presenter of the material.

Preface
Introduction and Review
Introduction to Ultrashort Laser Pulses
Brief Review of Electromagnetics
Maxwell's Equations
The Wave Equation and Plane Waves
Poynting's Vector and Power Flow
Review of Laser Essentials
Steady-State Laser Operation
Gain and Gain Saturation in Four-Level Atoms
Gaussian Beams and Transverse Laser Modes
Introduction to Ultrashort Pulse Generation Through Mode-Locking
Fourier Series and Fourier Transforms
Analytical Aspects
Computational Aspects
Problems
Principles of Mode-Locking
Processes Involved in Mode-Locking
Active Mode-Locking
Time-Domain Treatment
Frequency-Domain Treatment
Variations of Active Mode-Locking
Passive Mode-Locking Using Saturable Absorbers
Saturation Model
Slow Saturable Absorber Mode-Locking
Fast Saturable Absorber Mode-Locking
Solid-State Laser Model-Locking Using the Optical Kerr Effect
Nonlinear Refractive Index Changes
Self-Amplitude Modulation, Self-Phase Modulation, and Group Velocity Dispersion
Additive Pulse Mode-Locking
Kerr Lens Mode-Locking
Mode-Locking Solutions
Initiation of Mode-Locking
Problems
Ultrafast-pulse Measurement Methods
Terminology and Definitions
Electric Field Autocorrelation Measurements and the Power Spectrum
Electric Field Cross-Correlation Measurements and Spectral Interferometry
Electric Field Cross-Correlation
Spectral Interferometry
Application: Optical Coherence Tomography
Intensity Correlation Measurements
Correlation Measurements Using Second-Harmonic Generation
Experimental Procedures
Correlation Measurements Using Two-Photon absorption
Higher-Order Correlation Techniques
Chirped Pulses and Measurements in the Time-Frequency Domain
Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating
Polarization-Gating FROG
Self-Diffraction FROG
Second-Harmonic-Generation FROG
Frequency-Resolved Optical Gating Using Temporal Phase Modulation
Signal Recovery from FROG Traces
Pulse Measurements Based on Frequency Filtering
Single-Slit Approaches
Double-Slit Approach
Self-Referencing Interferometry
Time-Domain Interferometry of Chirped Pulses
Self-Referencing Spectral Interferometry
Characterization of Noise and Jitter
Problems
Dispersion and Dispersion Compensation
Group Velocity Dispersion
Group Velocity Definition and General Dispersion Relations
General Aspects of Material Dispersion
Temporal Dispersion Based on Angular Dispersion
Relation Between Angular and Temporal Dispersion
Angular Dispersion and Tilted Intensity Fronts
Dispersion of Grating Pairs
Dispersion of Prism Pairs
Dispersive Properties of Lenses
Dispersion of Mirror Structures
The Gires-Tournois Interferometer
Quarter-Wave Stack High Reflectors
Chirped Mirrors
Measurements of Group Velocity Dispersion
Interferometric Methods
Frequency-Domain Intracavity Dispersion Measurements
Appendix
Frequency-Dependent Phase Due to Propagation Through a Slab: Alternative Derivation
Impedance Method for Analysis of Dielectric Mirror Stacks
Problems
Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics: Second Order
Introduction to Nonlinear Optics
The Forced Wave Equation
Frequency-Domain Formulation
Time-Domain Formulation
Summary of Continuous-Wave Second-Harmonic Generation
Effect of Phase Matching
Phase Matching in Birefringent Media
Focusing Effects in Continuous-Wave SHG
Second-Harmonic Generation with Pulses
SHG in the Quasi-Continuous-Wave Limit
Ultrashort-Pulse SHG
Quasi-Phase Matching
Effect of Group Velocity Walk-off on SHG-Based Pulse Measurements
Three-Wave Interactions
Sum Frequency Generation
Difference Frequency Generation
Optical Parametric Amplification
Appendix
Spatial Walk-off and Pulse Fronts in Anisotropic Media
Velocity Matching in Broadband Noncollinear Three-Wave Mixing
Problems
Ultrafast Nonlinear Optics: Third Order
Propagation Equation for Nonlinear Refractive Index Media
Plane Waves in Uniform Media
Nonlinear Propagation in Waveguides
Optical Fiber Types
The Nonlinear Schr&oumlet;dinger Equation
Self-Phase Modulation
Dispersionless Self-Phase Modulation
Dispersionless Self-Phase Modulation with Loss
Self-Phase Modulation with Normal Dispersion
Cross-Phase Modulation
Pulse Compression
Modulational Instability
Solitons
Higher-Order Propagation Effects
Nonlinear Envelope Equation in Uniform Media
Nonlinear Envelope Equation in Waveguides
Delayed Nonlinear Response and the Raman Effect
Self-Steepening
Space-Time Focusing
Continuum Generation
Problems
Mode-Locking: Selected Advanced Topics
Soliton Fiber Lasers: Artificial Fast Saturable Absorbers
The Figure-Eight Laser
Energy Quantization
Soliton Sidebands
Soliton Mode-Locking: Active Modulation and Slow Saturable Absorbers
Harmonically Mode-Locked Soliton Fiber Lasers
The Net Gain Window in Soliton Mode-Locking
Stretched Pulse Mode-Locking
Stretched Pulse Mode-Locked Fiber Laser
Dispersion-Managed Solitons
Theoretical Issues
Mode-Locked Lasers in the Few-Cycle Regime
Mode-Locked Frequency Combs
Comb Basics
Measurement Techniques
Stabilization of Frequency Combs
Applications
Problems
Manipulation of Ultrashort Pulses
Fourier Transform Pulse Shaping
Examples of Pulse Shaping Using Fixed Masks
Programmable Pulse Shaping
Pulse-Shaping Theory
Other Pulse-Shaping Techniques
Direct Space-to-Time Pulse Shaping
Acousto-optic Dispersive Filters
Chirp Processing and Time Lenses
Space-Time Duality
Chirp Processing
Time Lens Processing
Ultrashort-Pulse Amplification
Amplification Basics
Special Issues in Femtosecond Amplifiers
Appendix
Fresnel Diffraction and Fourier Transform Property of a Lens
Wave Optics Model of a Grating
Problems
Ultrafast Time-Resolved Spectroscopy
Introduction to Ultrafast Spectroscopy
Degenerate Pump-Probe Transmission Measurements
Co-polarized Fields: Scalar Treatment
Vector Fields and Orientational Effects
Nondegenerate and Spectrally Resolved Pump-Probe: Case Studies
Femtosecond Pump-Probe Studies of Dye Molecules
Femtosecond Pump-Probe Studies of GaAs
Basic Quantum Mechanics for Coherent Short-Pulse Spectroscopies
Some Basic Quantum Mechanics
The Density Matrix
Wave Packets
Example: Semiconductor Quantum Wells
Molecules
Dephasing Phenomena
Linear Spectroscopies
Models of Dephasing
Measurement of Dephasing Using Transient Gratings
Two-Dimensional Spectroscopy
Impulsive Stimulated Raman Scattering
Problems
Terahertz Time-Domain Electromagnetics
Ultrafast Electromagnetics: Transmission Lines
Photoconductive Generation and Sampling
Electro-optic Sampling
Ultrafast Electromagnetics: Terahertz Beams
Generation and Measurement of Terahertz Pulses
Terahertz Spectroscopy and Imaging
Problems
References
Index

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