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Physics - Optics & Lasers | Self-focusing: Past and Present - Fundamentals and Prospects

Self-focusing: Past and Present

Fundamentals and Prospects

Series: Topics in Applied Physics, Vol. 114

Boyd, Robert W., Lukishova, Svetlana G., Shen, Y. R. (Eds.)

2009, Approx. 500 p., 270 illus.

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  • Widely applicable and of interest to a huge array of scientists and engineers
  • This field has regained importance during last ten years because of impressive experiments on femtosecond self-focusing in atmosphere and condensed matter
  • The first truly comprehensive treatment of self-focusing. No other book includes the experimental results on the most important self-focusing effects (filamentation, multifocus structure, wave collapse etc.)
  • Chapters written by the best experts in particular areas of self-focusing
  • The first attempt to bridge past intensive research on self-focusing and the beautiful experiments and computer possibilities of the present time

Self-focusing: Past and Present presents a comprehensive treatment of self-focusing and reviews both theoretical and experimental investigations of self-focusing. It connects the extensive early literature on self-focusing, filamentation, self-trapping, and collapse with more recent studies aimed at issues such as self-focusing of femtosecond pulses, white light generation, and the generation of filaments in air with lengths of more than 10 km. It also describes some modern advances in self-focusing theory including the influence of beam nonparaxiality on self-focusing collapse. In addition, this text reprints three key articles in the field, as well as the paper that describes the first laboratory observation of self-focusing phenomena with photographic evidence.

Self-focusing: Past and Present is of interest to scientists and engineers working with lasers and their applications, as well as students, researchers, and laser and eye surgeons.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Dispersion - condensed matter - design - diffraction - dynamics - history - interference - laser - long filaments - model - nonlinear optics - optics - physics - self-focusing book - simulation

Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Engineering - Optics & Lasers

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