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Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics

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Träger, Frank (Ed.)

2nd ed. 2012, XXXII, 1694p. 1210 illus. in color.

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  • Presents a most practical and complete office/laboratory companion for the daily work with optical instruments and lasers 
  • New edition of appraised all-in-one desk reference  
  • Four new chapters on Fiber Optics, Integrated Optics, Frequency Combs and Interferometry 

The Springer Handbook of Lasers and Optics provides fast, up-to-date, comprehensive and authoritative coverage of the wide fields of optics and lasers. It is written for daily use in the office or laboratory and offers explanatory text, data, and references needed for anyone working with lasers and optical instruments.

This second edition features numerous updates and additions. Especially four new chapters on Fiber Optics, Integrated Optics, Frequency Combs, and Interferometry reflect the major changes. In addition, chapters Optical Materials and Their Properties, Optical Detectors, Nanooptics, and Optics far Beyond the Diffraction Limit have been thoroughly revised and updated.

The now 25 chapters are grouped into four parts which cover basic principles and materials, fabrication and properties of optical components, coherent and incoherent light sources, and, finally, selected applications and special fields such as terahertz photonics, x-ray optics and holography.

Each chapter is authored by respected experts and contains the basic principles, applications and latest information in the field. Among the subjects covered are geometrical and wave optics, linear and nonlinear optics, optical materials and components, detectors, incoherent and all essential types of coherent light sources, generation of ultrashort pulses, spectroscopic techniques, laser safety as well as current trends in such modern areas as quantum optics, femto- and attosecond physics, and nanooptics as well as optics  beyond the diffraction limit.

The handbook is written and compiled for physicists, engineers and other scientists at universities and in industrial research who develop and use optical techniques.

With a Foreword by Nobel Laureate T.W. Hänsch.

Key Topics

› Basic optics principles

› Coherent and incoherent light sources

› Spectroscopies and attophysics

› Optical materials and their properties

› Fabrication and properties of optical components

› Fiber optics, integrated optics, frequency combs, and interferometry

› Selected applications and special fields: Nanooptics, quantum optics, x-ray optics, terahertz photonics, and holography


› Contains over 1000 two-color illustrations

› Includes over 120 comprehensive tables with properties of optical materials and light sources

› Emphasizes physical concepts over extensive mathematical derivations.

› Chapters with summaries, detailed index

› Delivers a wealth of up-to-date references. 

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Handbook Laser - Handbook Nonlinear Optics - Handbook Optics - Handbook Photonics - Handbook Quantum Optics - Laser Optics - Nano Optics - Optical Detectors - Optical Materials - Quantum Optics - Ultrafast Optics - X-Ray Optics

Related subjects » Atomic, Molecular, Optical & Plasma Physics - Electronics & Electrical Engineering - Materials - Optical & Electronic Materials - Optics & Lasers

Table of contents 

Foreword by T.W. Hänsch

Part A Basic Principles and Materials
Chap. 1 Properties of Light
Chap. 2 Geometrical Optics
Chap. 3 Wave Optics
Chap. 4 Nonlinear Optics, Frequency Conversion and Attophysics
Chap. 5 Optical Materials and Their Properties
Chap. 6 Thin Films

Part B Fabrication and Properties of Optical Components
Chap. 7 Optical Design and Design Software
Chap. 8 Advanced Optical Components
Chap. 9 Optical Detectors

Part C Coherent and Incoherent Light Sources
Chap. 10 Incoherent Light Sources
Chap. 11 Lasers and Coherent Light Sources
Chap. 12 Short and Ultrashort Laser Pulses

Part D Selected Applications and Special Fields
Chap. 13 Optical and Spectroscopic Techniques
Chap. 14 Fiber Optics
Chap. 15 Integrated Optics
Chap. 16 Interferometry
Chap. 17 Frequency Combs
Chap. 18 Quantum Optics
Chap. 19 Nanooptics
Chap. 20 Optics far Beyond the Diffraction Limit
Chap. 21 Terahertz Photonics and Applications
Chap. 22 X-Ray Optics
Chap. 23 Atmospheric Optics
Chap. 24 Holography and Optical Data Storage
Chap. 25 Laser Safety

Acknowledgements.- About the Authors.- Subject Index

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