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