Air Lasing

  • Pavel Polynkin
  • Ya Cheng

Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 208)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Arthur Dogariu, Richard Miles
    Pages 19-43
  3. Yi Liu, Pengji Ding, Aurélien Houard, André Mysyrowicz
    Pages 45-74
  4. Jinping Yao, Bin Zeng, Wei Chu, Haisu Zhang, Jielei Ni, Hongqiang Xie et al.
    Pages 75-88
  5. Daniil Kartashov, Mikhail N. Shneider, Andrius Baltuska
    Pages 89-120
  6. Johanan H. Odhner, Robert J. Levis
    Pages 121-138
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 139-143

About this book


This book presents the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary review of the rapidly developing field of air lasing. In most applications of lasers, such as cutting and engraving, the laser source is brought to the point of service where the laser beam is needed to perform its function. However, in some important applications such as remote atmospheric sensing, placing the laser at a convenient location is not an option. Current sensing schemes rely on the detection of weak backscattering of ground-based, forward-propagating optical probes, and possess limited sensitivity. The concept of air lasing (or atmospheric lasing) relies on the idea that the constituents of the air itself can be used as an active laser medium, creating a backward-propagating, impulsive, laser-like radiation emanating from a remote location in the atmosphere. This book provides important insights into the current state of development of air lasing and its applications.


Nonlinear optics of the atmosphere Intense laser-matter interactions Laser-based remote sensing Remote atmospheric sensing Laser-generated plasma Laser spectroscopy Air lasing remote sensing in atmosphere two-photon pumping multi-photon pumping laser filamentation microwave heating Raman spectroscopy combustion diagnostics

Editors and affiliations

  1. 1.College of Optical SciencesUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  2. 2.Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine MechanicsEast China Normal UniversityShanghaiChina

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