Resonance Enhancement in Laser-Produced Plasmas
A comprehensive guide to a new technology for enabling high-performance spectroscopy and laser sources
Resonance Enhancement in Laser-Produced Plasmas offers a guide to the most recent findings in the newly emerged field of resonance-enhanced high-order harmonic generation using the laser pulses propagating through the narrow and extended laser-produced plasma plumes. The author-a noted expert in the field-presents an introduction and the theory that underpin the roles of resonances in harmonic generation. The book also contains a review of the most advanced methods of plasma harmonics generation at the conditions of coincidence of some harmonics, autoionizing states, and some ionic transitions possessing strong oscillator strengths.
Comprehensive in scope, this text clearly demonstrates the importance of resonance-enhanced nonlinear optical effects leading to formation of efficient sources of coherent extreme ultraviolet radiation that can be practically applied. This important resource:
- Puts the focuses on novel applications of laser-plasma physics, such as the development of ultrashort-wavelength coherent light sources
- Details both the theoretical and experimental aspects of higher-order harmonic generation in laser-produced plasmas
- Contains information on early studies of resonance enhancement of harmonics in metal-ablated plasmas
- Analyzes the drawbacks of different theories of resonant high order harmonic generation
- Includes a discussion of the quasi-phase-matching and properties of semiconductor plasmas
Written for researchers and students in the fields of physics, materials science, and electrical engineering who are interested in laser physics and optics, Resonance Enhancement in Laser-Produced Plasmas offers an introduction to the topic and covers recent experimental studies of various resonance processes in plasmas leading to enhancement of single harmonic.
Rashid A. Ganeev is a Professor at Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China. His main area of research is a nonlinear optics, including high-order harmonic generation of laser radiation in plasmas and investigation of the nonlinear optical properties of various media. He is also interested in the investigation and construction of coherent extreme ultraviolet radiation sources and high-power solid-state laser physics.
Resonance Enhancement in Laser-Produced Plasmas
The motivation in writing this book is to show the most recent findings of newly emerged field of resonance-enhanced high-order harmonic generation () using the laser pulses propagating through the narrow and extended laser-produced plasma plumes. It becomes obvious that the developments in this field are aimed for improvement of harmonic yield through precise study of resonance effects during fine-tuning of driving pulses to the resonances. The purpose of writing this book is to acquaint the readers with the most advanced, recently developed methods of plasma harmonics generation at the conditions of coincidence of some harmonics, autoionizing states, and some ionic transitions possessing strong oscillator strengths. This book demonstrates how one can improve the plasma harmonic technique using this approach.
There is a classical book relevant with the resonance processes in gaseous media . Another book  is related with the spectroscopic details of nonlinear optical studies. Separate chapters of the nonlinear optical properties of matter  were related with the resonance processes. Some details of plasma properties relevant to those at which the resonance processes play an important role are discussed in Ref. . Meanwhile, though some separate details of plasma harmonic studies were published in different edited books as the chapters, there is no collection of the various aspects of resonance-enhanced harmonic generation processes in a single book.
The dissemination of information presented in this book will help to understand the peculiarities of laser-plasma interaction, which can be used for the amendment of harmonic yield in the extreme ultraviolet () region. The book also demonstrates the limitations of this method of harmonic generation, especially in the case of gas HHG. The development of plasma harmonic spectroscopy using this approach would be useful for material science. It may help in the next steps of the development of this interaction, which lead to generation of attosecond pulses. The basics of resonance plasma harmonic studies will help the reader to acquaint with novel methods of XUV coherent sources formation.
Among most attractive key features, which the reader may find in this book, are the demonstration of novel approaches in the resonance-based amendments of harmonic generation in the laser-produced plasmas using fixed and tunable long-wavelength pulses, methods of the application of tunable laser sources of parametric waves for resonance enhancement of single harmonic, the application of proposed method for the nonlinear optical spectroscopic studies of various organic materials, and the implementation of theoretical and experimental consideration of the usefulness of mid-infrared driving pulses and two-color technique for the potential shortening of harmonic pulses toward the attosecond region.
The novelty in laser-plasma resonance interaction shown in this book may attract the interest in various groups of researchers, particularly those involved in the applications of lasers and development of short-wavelength coherent sources. Most relevant audience include the researchers, specialists, and engineers in the fields of optics and laser physics. This book will also be useful for the students of high education in the physical departments of universities and institutes. It may serve as a tutorial for the optical and nonlinear optical interactions of ultrashort pulses and low-dense plasmas produced on the surfaces of various solids.
This book would be interesting to the academic community. The researchers in laser physics and optics are the main audience, who can find interesting information regarding state-of-art developments in the field of frequency conversion of laser sources toward the short wavelength spectral range. Those involved in optics, nonlinear optics, atomic phys