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International Trends in Applied Optics
Editor(s): Arthur H. Guenther
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Book Description

This volume represents the fifth in a series of books, 'International Trends in Optics', which was initiated in 1989 by the International Commission for Optics (ICO). These books highlight the advances and focus areas in the field of optics at the time of their publication. The reader will find a collection of significant contributions from leading scientists and engineers throughout the world, that show the range and diversity optics plays in modern societies.

Book Details

Date Published: 1 September 2002
Pages: 722
ISBN: 9780819445100
Volume: PM119

Table of Contents
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List of Contributors / ix
Preface / xiii
ICO International Trends in Optics Series History / xv
Part I. Processing and Fabrication
  1. Ultrashort-Pulse Laser-Matter Interaction and Fast Instabilities / 3
    Mikhail N. Libenson
  2. Ultrafast Mode-locked Lasers for the Measurement of Laser Frequencies and as Optical Clockworks / 23
    Ronald Holzwarth, Thomas Udem, and Theodor W. Hänsch
  3. Ablation of Metals with Femtosecond Laser Pulses / 45
    Sergei I. Anisimov
  4. Laser Microprocessing and Applications in Microelectronics and Electronics / 67
    Yong Feng Lu
  5. There are No Fundamental Limits to Optical Lithography / 85
    Steven R. J. Brueck
  6. Laser-produced Rapid Prototyping in Manufacturing / 111
    Yash P. Kathuria
  7. Computer Numerically Controlled Optics Fabrication / 125
    Harvey Pollicove and Don Golini
Part II. Optical Materials
  1. Interference Coatings for the Ultraviolet Spectral Region / 145
    Norbert Kaiser
  2. Standardization in Optics Characterization / 165
    Detlev Ristau
  3. Advances in Thin Films / 187
    Keith Lewis
  4. Micro-Optics for Spectroscopy / 219
    René Dändliker, Hans Peter Herzig, Omar Manzardo, Toralf Scharf, and Gerben Boer
  5. Defense Optics and Electro-Optics / 243
    George J. Simonis, Gary Wood, Zoltan G. Sztankay, Arnold Goldberg, and John Pellegrino
Part III. Components and Sources
  1. Recent Progress in System and Component Technologies for Fiber Optic Communication / 269
    Nori Shibata
  2. Short-Distance Optical Interconnections with VCSELs / 301
    Hugo Thienpont and Valérie Baukens
  3. Spontaneous Emission Manipulation / 335
    Marlan O. Scully, Shi-Yao Zhu, and M. Suhail Zubairy
  4. Progress in Fiber Optics and Optical Telecommunication / 359
    Ajoy K. Ghatak and Bishnu P. Pal
Part IV. Nanotechnology
  1. Nano- and Atom Photonics / 389
    Motoichi Ohtsu
Part V. Recognition and Sensing
  1. Binary Image Decompositions for Nonlinear Optical Correlations / 411
    Henri H. Arsenault and Pascuala García-Martínez
  2. Optical Pattern Recognition of Partially Occluded Images / 425
    Katarzyna Chalasinska-Macukow
  3. Optical Sensing by Fiber and Integrated Optics Devices / 445
    Giancarlo C. Righini
Part VI. Wave Optics
  1. Wave-optical Engineering / 471
    Frank Wyrowski and Jari Turunen
  2. Neutron Optics, Neutron Waveguides, and Applications / 497
    Maria L. Calvo and R. F. Alvarez-Estrada
  3. Polarimetric Imaging / 523
    Philippe Réfrégier, François Goudail, and Pierre Chavel
  4. Atmospheric Compensation / 539
    Robert Q. Fugate
Part VII. Other Applications
  1. Coherent Imaging Metrology in Life Sciences and Clinical Diagnostics / 571
    Gert von Bally
  2. Optical Data Storage / 609
    Hans Coufal and Geoffrey W. Burr
  3. Archaeological Optics / 629
    Jay M. Enoch
  4. Thirty Years of Laser Applications in Conservation / 667
    Renzo Salimbeni, Roberto Pini, and Salvatore Siano
Index 689


This volume represents the fifth in a series of books entitled International Trends in Optics, initiated in 1989 by the International Commission for Optics (ICO). These books, which are published every three years, highlight the advances and thrusts in optics that are underway at the time of their publication. The books previously published in the series are

  • International Trends in Optics (1991), edited by J.W. Goodman of the United States;
  • Current Trends in Optics (1994), edited by J.C. Dainty of the United Kingdom;
  • Trends in Optics Research, Development and Applications (1996), edited by A. Consortini of Italy;
  • International Trends in Optics and Photonics (1999), edited by T. Asakura of Japan.

The first three volumes were published by Academic Press, and the fourth was published by Springer-Verlag (Tables of Contents for these may be found on pp. xxiii-xxvii, immediately following this preface). Another purpose of this series of books is to highlight the activities of ICO and, most importantly, to raise funds to support activities such as traveling lecturers, primarily to developing nations. As such, all royalties are given to the ICO for that purpose.

The world of optics has changed greatly since the first volume was published in 1991. The early tracts focused primarily on more theoretical and fundamental optics studies. However, principally as a result of the publication Harnessing Light, Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century, published by the National Research Council (the administrative arm of the National Academy of Sciences and Engineering and Institutes of Medicine, USA), the world is coming to recognize the ubiquitous nature of optics and its primarily enabling role in our everyday world; e.g., it is through a relatively small investment in the optical techniques of photolithography that we realize the major pervasiveness of semiconductor technology in our daily lives. I have therefore chosen to slightly alter the title of this series of volumes to International Trends in Applied Optics, as it is through the application of photonics and optics that we will appreciate the significance of optics in our life. It is through the contextual aspects of its use that we can appreciate its impact. In fact, many refer to the twenty-first century as the Age of Light because of the growing importance and significance of optics and photonics in new developing areas, such as information technology, biomedical, defense, manufacturing, the environment and energy, and education and research. One such emerging technology is nanoscience or micro-electro-mechanical systems, where by means of a single integrated device we will be able to sense, think, act, and communicate primarily through optical means or optically assisted fabrication techniques. Thus, I felt it was time to take a more applied approach in this text.

The reader will find herein a collection of significant contributions from leading scientists and engineers throughout the world. Hopefully this book will enhance the visibility of ICO as well as enable the society to meet its goal to promote the global optics enterprise. Many chapters also show the wide and diverse role optics plays in modern society throughout the world.

Optics cannot be considered as the sole technological activity used to achieve many of today's applications, for we live in a multidisciplinary world; we now see optics taking its rightful place along with mechanical, thermal, electrical and electronic options, many times in collaboration in order to bring an optimum solution to an application. Thus, Volume V consists of 28 chapters, many of which show optics working in conjunction with other technologies for a resolution to some application. The book is divided into 7 sections:

1. Processing and Fabrication
2. Optical Materials
3. Components and Sensors
4. Nanotechnology
5. Recognition and Sensing
6. Wave Optics
7. Miscellaneous Applications.

I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of the authors for their excellent contributions. It has been a pleasure to interact with these stellar individuals and recognize their stature through a contribution in this text, the purpose for which it is intended to fulfill. I would also like to specifically thank SPIE The International Society of Optical Engineering, the society for applied optics, and in particular Sharon Streams for her most professional role in ensuring a timely and high-quality publication that will be brought to the attention of those who would most benefit from its exposure.

Arthur H. Guenther

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