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Nico Bloembergen

Master of Light

Authors: Herber, Rob

  • Describes the life and work of one of the founders of NMR, laser spectroscopy and non-linear optics
  • Presents a detailed and panoramic view of the developments in science in the second half of the twentieth century
  • Describes Bloembergen's pioneering work in quantum electronics including the invention of the three-level maser
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This biography is a personal portrait of one of the best-known Dutch physicists, Nicolaas Bloembergen. Born in 1920 in Dordrecht, Bloembergen studied physics in Utrecht, leaving after World War II for the United States, where he became an American citizen in 1958. At Harvard University, he pioneered nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR, used in chemistry and biology for structure identification; moreover leading to MRI), laser theory and nonlinear optics. In 1978 he was awarded the Lorentz Medal for his contribution to the theory of nonlinear optics (used in fiber optics), and in 1981 he received the Nobel Prize for physics, along with Arthur Schawlow and Kai Siegbahn.

The book is based on numerous conversations with Nicolaas Bloembergen himself, his wife Deli Brink, his family, and colleagues in science. It describes his childhood and study in Bilthoven and Utrecht, the first postwar years at Harvard, the discoveries of masers and lasers, and the award of the Nobel Prize. It also delves into Bloembergen's involvement in American politics, particularly his role in Ronald Reagan's controversial "Star Wars" program.

About the authors

Dr. Rob Herber was Associate Professor at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam. Amongst others, he developed both methods and apparatus for atomic absorption spectrometry and an optical pyrometer for this apparatus. He is currently a guest researcher at the Descartes Centre of Utrecht University.


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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25737-8
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Hardcover ca. $49.99
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  • Due: November 1, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-030-25736-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Nico Bloembergen
Book Subtitle
Master of Light
Authors
Series Title
Springer Biographies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25737-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25737-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25736-1
Series ISSN
2365-0613
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 440
Number of Illustrations
69 b/w illustrations
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