"The Physics of Optical Recording". Since the industrial production of compact disks it has become clear that optics is no longer a pure means of information gathering but is becoming more and more a means of information transfer, analysis, and storage. The present book treats the physical processes that occur during the recording of information in an optical medium. After an overview of optical imaging and optical recording, especially diode lasers and nonlinear optics are briefly discussed. Then inorganic and organic recording materials and their photosensitive properties are presented . Special attention is paid to 3D holographic recording. Finally, photothermal recording in the productionof memory disks is discussed in detail. The book is mainly intended for physicists and engineers doing research and development in this field, but it will be also useful to students specializing in applied optics.