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Lasers in chemistry; 2v.


Lasers in chemistry; 2v.

Ed. by Maximilian Lackner.



1466 pages




The 50 chapters of this 2-volume reference describe current research and methods in the field of lasers in chemistry. V.1, subtitled 'probing matter', begins with three chapters that describe the history and principles of lasers, laser safety, and an overview of the use of lasers as probes in chemistry (by Lackner). Subsequent chapters in V.1 include chemical sensing using quantum cascade lasers, laser diagnostics of combustion process, and tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. V.2, subtitled 'influencing matter', begins with an overview by Lackner on the use of lasers to start and influence chemical reactions. The chapters that follow describe such techniques as laser-based formation of nanoparticles and laser enrichment of isotopes, before turning to a series of chapters on applications, including lasers in biology, medicine, material processing, and dentistry. The chapters are detailed in their descriptions of the processes involved, mentioning the origins of the process and the basic principles and methods employed, and illustrated with b&w and color images. V.2 concludes with a view to the future (by Lackner), a glossary, and an index. Each chapter concludes with a full list of references. An impressive group of 50 specialists at research institutions worldwide are the contributors; Lackner is at the Vienna U. of Technology in Austria.

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Date:Mar 1, 2009
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