Graduate Texts in Physics

Theoretical Femtosecond Physics

Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields

Authors: Grossmann, Frank

  • Gives a tutorial-like complete presentation of theoretical femtosecond physics
  • Represents the state of the art of theoretical femtosecond physics
  • Includes more than 30 exercises with worked-out solutions
  • Contains a tutorial chapter on numerical solution methods of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation
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Theoretical investigations of atoms and molecules interacting with pulsed or continuous wave lasers up to atomic field strengths on the order of 10^16 W/cm² are leading to an understanding of many challenging experimental discoveries. This book deals with the basics of femtosecond physics and goes up to the latest applications of new phenomena. The book presents an introduction to laser physics with mode-locking and pulsed laser operation. The solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation is discussed both analytically and numerically. The basis for the non-perturbative treatment of laser-matter interaction in the book is the numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. The light field is treated classically, and different possible gauges are discussed. Physical phenomena, ranging from Rabi-oscillations in two-level systems to the ionization of atoms, the generation of high harmonics, the ionization and dissociation of molecules as well as the control of chemical reactions are presented and discussed on a fundamental level. In this way the theoretical background for state of the art experiments with strong and short laser pulses is given. The text is augmented by more than thirty exercises, whose worked-out solutions are given in the last chapter. Some detailed calculations are performed in the appendices. Furthermore, each chapter ends with references to more specialized literature.

About the authors

Frank Großmann has received his PhD at the University of Augsburg under the supervision of Prof. P. Hänggi in 1992. Postdoctoral stays at UW, Seattle, WA, USA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA and at the University of Notre Dame, IN, USA.- Habilitation and Venia Legendi at the University of Freiburg in 1998. Privatdozent at TU Dresden since 2000.

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • A Short Introduction to Laser Physics

    Grossmann, Frank

    Pages 3-15

  • Time-Dependent Quantum Theory

    Grossmann, Frank

    Pages 17-75

  • Field Matter Coupling and Two-Level Systems

    Grossmann, Frank

    Pages 79-98

  • Single Electron Atoms in Strong Laser Fields

    Grossmann, Frank

    Pages 99-136

  • Molecules in Strong Laser Fields

    Grossmann, Frank

    Pages 137-210

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theoretical Femtosecond Physics
Book Subtitle
Atoms and Molecules in Strong Laser Fields
Authors
Series Title
Graduate Texts in Physics
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-00606-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-00606-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-00605-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-03388-4
Series ISSN
1868-4513
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XV, 254
Additional Information
Originally published as vol. 48 in Springer Series on Atomic, Optical, and Plasma Physics, 2008.
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