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Femtosecond Laser-Matter Interactions

Theory, Experiments and Applications

by Eugene Gamaly

"This book gives an overview of the fundamentals and applications of laser–matter interactions with ultra-short laser pulses (with a pulse duration of 100 fs or less). Many problems of these interactions were investigated just recently. It is very useful to have a monograph which gives a systematic description of the various aspects of such interactions. Prof. Gamaly’s book will be very useful to a broad range of readers, from graduate students to professional physicists."

Prof. Boris Luk’yanchuk, Data Storage Institute, Singapore
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814241816
  • Subject: Photonics and Lasers
  • Published: October 2011
  • Pages: 368

This book is the first comprehensive treatment of the interaction of femtosecond laser pulses with solids at nonrelativistic intensity. It connects phenomena from the subtle atomic motion on the nanoscale to the generation of extreme pressure and temperature in the interaction zone confined inside a solid. The femtosecond laser–matter interaction has already found numerous applications in industry, medicine, and materials science. However, there is no consensus on the interpretation of related phenomena. With mathematics kept to a minimum, this is a highly engaging and readable treatment for students and researchers in science and engineering. The book avoids complex mathematical formulae, and hence the content is accessible to nontechnical readers. Useful summaries after each chapter provide compressed information for quick estimates of major parameters in planned or performed experiments.

The book connects the basic physics of femtosecond laser–solid interactions to a broad range of applications. Throughout the text, basic assumptions are derived from the first principles, and new results and ideas are presented. From such analyses, a qualitative and predictive framework for the field emerges, the impact of which on applications is also discussed.