The aim of the book is to provide a comprehensive and unified description of high-intensity short laser pulses and their applications at the simplest level compatible with a correct physical understanding. The idea is to provide an intuitive picture of the phenomena under consideration with simple mathematical description useful for a better understanding. The book is based on the teaching experience of the graduate course of the Politecnico di Milano “HIGH INTENSITY LASERS FOR NUCLEAR AND PHYSICAL APPLICATIONS I + II” and is particularly addressed to graduate students with a background in electromagnetism; is mostly suitable for master students in Nuclear Engineering, in Engineering Physics, and in Physics and It’s recommended also to students in material sciences (or similar) and to PhD students. The text organization is due to help to follow the lessons in the classroom and to be used for self-study by students.
Margherita Zavelani-Rossi is associate professor at the Energy Department of the Politecnico di Milano. Her research activity is in the field of ultrafast science and technology and concerns the development of systems to generate and manipulate short laser pulses, and their applications to the investigation of the electronic properties of novel materials. She is co-author of more than 80 research papers in international journals. She teaches the master student course “High Intensity Lasers for nuclear and physical applications”.
Federico Vismarra has a Master Degree in Engineering Physics at Politecnico di Milano and Physics of Complex Systems at Politecnico di Torino. He is now a PhD student in Physics at Attosecond Research Center, Politecnico di Milano. His research focus are Electron Dynamics in Optoelectronics Molecules, Strong-Field Physics and Attosecond Metrology. He is editor of the website myquantumreality.org.