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Atoms in Intense Laser Fields


  • Date Published: July 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107424777

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  • The development of lasers capable of producing high-intensity pulses has opened a new area in the study of light-matter interactions. The corresponding laser fields are strong enough to compete with the Coulomb forces in controlling the dynamics of atomic systems and give rise to multiphoton processes. This book presents a unified account of this rapidly developing field of physics. The first part describes the fundamental phenomena occurring in intense laser-atom interactions and gives the basic theoretical framework to analyze them. The second part contains a detailed discussion of Floquet theory, the numerical integration of the wave equations and approximation methods for the low- and high-frequency regimes. In the third part, the main multiphoton processes are discussed: multiphoton ionization, high harmonic and attosecond pulse generation, and laser-assisted electron-atom collisions. Aimed at graduate students in atomic, molecular and optical physics, the book will also interest researchers working on laser interactions with matter.

    • A self-contained presentation of recent developments in the field, covering a range of topics including Floquet theory and multiphoton atomic physics
    • Provides a comprehensive account of the key theoretical methods used to analyse intense laser-atom interactions
    • Analyses the experimental breakthroughs in the field, helping the reader gain a thorough knowledge of current research
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    'The book is a clear, up-to-date and self-contained presentation of the phenomena involved in the interaction of intense laser fields with atoms. It is recommended to students of postgraduate courses and researchers. It is also a basic literature to all who wish to have an insight [in]to this rather advanced field.' Mario Bertolotti, Contemporary Physics

    'Atoms in Intense Laser Fields is a well-organized text … [it] is an excellent introduction to the phenomena and methods of strong-field, laser-atom physics … a solid exposition of the central discoveries and theoretical concepts that form the foundation of the field.' Philip H. Bucksbaum, Physics Today

    'The descriptions given by Joachain and co-authors are always extremely clear and complete and therefore this book will certainly remain a masterpiece in the field for several years … very exciting results.' Dimitri Batani, Il Nuovo Saggiatore

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107424777
    • length: 582 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.92kg
    • contains: 103 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Basic Concepts:
    1. High-intensity laser-atom physics
    2. Theory of laser-atom interactions
    Part II. Theoretical Methods:
    3. Perturbation theory
    4. Floquet theory
    5. Numerical integration of the wave equations
    6. The low-frequency regime
    7. The high-frequency regime
    Part III. Multiphoton Atomic Physics:
    8. Multiphoton ionization
    9. Harmonic generation and attosecond pulses
    10. Laser-assisted electron-atom collisions

  • Authors

    C. J. Joachain, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    C. J. Joachain is Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Brussels. His research activities concern quantum collision theory and the interaction of intense laser fields with matter. He has received many scientific awards and distinctions, in particular the Alexander von Humboldt Prize. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the American Physical Society, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium, of the Academia Europaea and of the European Academy of Sciences.

    N. J. Kylstra, Université Libre de Bruxelles
    N. J. Kylstra is currently employed in the financial services industry, and is a research fellow at the University of Brussels. His research interests include the interaction of atoms with high-intensity laser fields.

    R. M. Potvliege, University of Durham
    R. M. Potvliege is currently Reader in Physics at the University of Durham. His research interests cover the theoretical aspects of multiphoton processes in intense laser fields.

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