Synopses & Reviews
This book contains contributions written by the world-leading scientists in high-resolution laser spectroscopy, quantum optics and laser physics. Emphasis is placed on precision related to results in a variety of fields, such as atomic clocks, frequency standards, and the measurement of physical constants in atomic physics. Furthermore, illustrations and engineering applications of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics are widely covered. It has contributions by Nobel prize winners Norman F. Ramsey, Steven Chu, and Carl E. Wieman and is dedicated to Theodor W. Hänsch on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
Review
"This fascinating and detailed volume elucidates the developments that have pushed, and continue to push, the limits of precision. Springer has a volume worthy of inclusion in the library of any university offering a laser physics or laser applications course or researching in the area."
John Holdsworth, School of Mathematical & Physical Sciences, University of Newcastle (The Physicist, Australian Institute of Physics, Vol. 39, 2002)
"This volume will prove useful for many years to come and, equally important, it will survive extensive use during these years. Thus it is highly recommended for those who want an in-depth introduction to laser physics."
Gary J. Long, Fernande Grandjean (Physicalia, Vol. XXXVII, 2002)
Synopsis
Laser physics has always been driven by a genuinely scientific quest to extend existing limits, limits of physical knowledge and limits of physical methods. Enhancing precision, sensitivity, and resolution has been an essential topic of this evolution. Experiments and concepts of laser physics have also earned a central place in modern physics. More than 100 years after the invention of quantum physics, subtleties of light-matter interaction can be beautifully illustrated through the application of lasers, an invaluable highlight of our current presentation of modern microscopic physics. The scientific advancement of physics is impossible without the ingenuity of experimenters and of theoreticians. Among those, Theodor Hansch has oc- cupied a commanding position for many decades now, contributing numerous original and fundamental contributions to the field of laser physics. This vol- urne was thus initiated on the occasion of his 60th birthday. It demonstrates the influence of his scientific activities at present and during the recent past. Current developments in fields such as atomic elocks, precision measurements of fundamental constants, nonlinear optical effects, Bose-Einstein condensa- tion, and atomic quantum engineering underline the virtue of concepts and results derived in his laboratories.
Synopsis
Published on the occasion of Theodor Hänsch's 60th Birthday emphasis is placed on precision related to results in a variety of fields, such as atomic clocks, frequency standards, and the measurement of physical constants in atomic physics. Furthermore, illustrations and engineering applications of the fundamentals of quantum mechanics are widely covered. It has contributions by Nobel prize winners Norman F. Ramsey, Steven Chu, and Carl E. Wieman.
Table of Contents
Atomic Clocks.- Precision Spectroscopy.- Precision Investigations of Fundamental Physical Problems.- Laser Engineering.- Cold Atoms and Quantum Engineering