About the book
The understanding of fast dynamics in the femtosecond time region is very significant not only for basic science of physics, chemistry and biology, but also in the creation of new materials and devices. In recent years, the progress in lasers and particle accelerators allows us to generate ultrashort photon and electron pulses with compact experimental instruments. The femtosecond imaging techniques with ultrashort-pulsed lasers, X-rays, THz light and electrons have been developed and paved the way for the observation and study of ultrafast phenomena in real time and real space, including electron and molecular dynamics, phase transitions, reaction kinetics and mechanisms, and structural changes in biology. This book intends to provide the reader with topics that include the following disciplines: (1) comprehensive overview of the femtosecond imaging, (2) present status and outlooks of various imaging methodologies using the ultrashort-pulsed lasers, X-rays, THz light and electrons, and (3) current and potential applications in materials science, biology and chemistry.