Covering high-energy ultrafast amplifiers and solid-state, fiber, and diode lasers, this reference examines recent developments in high-speed laser technology. It presents a comprehensive survey of ultrafast laser technology, its applications, and future trends in various scientific and industrial areas. Topics include: micromachining applications for metals, dielectrics, and biological tissue; advanced electronics and semiconductor processing; optical coherence tomography; multiphoton microscopy; optical sampling and scanning; THz generation and imaging; optical communication systems; absolute phase control of optical signals; and more.
Part I: Laser Systems 1. Ultrafast Solid-State Lasers 2. Ultrafast Solid-State Amplifiers 3. Ultrafast Fiber Oscillators 4. Ultrashort-Pulse Fiber Amplifiers 5. Ultrafast Single- and Multiwavelength Modelocked Semiconductor Lasers: Physics and Applications Part II: Applications 6. Overview of Industrial and Medical Applications of Ultrafast Lasers 7. Micromachining 8. Structural Changes Induced in Transparent Materials with Ultrashort Laser Pulses 9. Rapid Scanning Time Delays for Ultrafast Measurement Systems 10. Electro-Optic Sampling and Field Mapping 11. Terahertz Wave Imaging and Its Applications 12. Phase-Controlled Few-Cycle Light 13. Ultrahigh Bit Rate Communication Systems 14. Nonlinear Microscopy with Ultrashort Pulse Lasers 15. Optical Coherence Tomography 16. Ultrafast Lasers in Ophthalmology