Understanding Lasers An Entry-Level Guide

ISBN-10: 0470088907
ISBN-13: 9780470088906
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Jeff Hecht
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Description: In Understanding Lasers, Third Edition well-known science writer Jeff Hecht provides a thorough understanding of laser technology in an up-to-date and easy-to-understand tutorial for non-specialists who have no formal training in the field. Key  More...

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Book details

List price: $100.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/10/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.95" wide x 8.95" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.804
Language: English

In Understanding Lasers, Third Edition well-known science writer Jeff Hecht provides a thorough understanding of laser technology in an up-to-date and easy-to-understand tutorial for non-specialists who have no formal training in the field. Key topics include: semiconductor lasers; solid-state lasers; gas lasers; and laser applications in information processing, medicine, communications, industry, and military systems. Clear, succinct, and amply illustrated, this book makes an ideal learning tool and a valuable reference.

Preface
Introduction and Overview
The Idea of the Laser
What is a Laser?
Laser Materials and Types
Optical Properties of Laser Light
How Lasers are Used
What Have We Learned?
Physical Basics
Electromagnetic Waves and Photons
Quantum and Classical Physics
Interactions of Light and Matter
Basic Optics and Simple Lenses
What Have We Learned?
How Lasers Work
Building a Laser
Producing a Population Inversion
Resonant Cavities
Laser Beams and Resonance
Wavelength Selection and Tuning
Laser Excitation Techniques
What Have We Learned?
Laser Characteristics
Coherence
Laser Wavelengths
Behavior of Laser Beams
Laser Power
Laser Efficiency
Duration of Emission
Polarization
What Have We Learned?
Optics and Laser Accessories
Classical Optical Devices
Transparent Optical Materials
Optical Surfaces, Coatings and Filters
Nonlinear Optics
Beam Intensity and Pulse Control
Beam Direction and Propagation
Mounting and Positioning Equipment
Optical Measurement
What Have We Learned?
Types of Lasers
Laser Oscillators and Optical Amplifiers
Laser Media
The Importance of Gain
Broadband and Wavelength-Tunable Lasers
Laser-Like Light Sources
What Have We Learned?
Gas Lasers
The Gas Laser Family
Gas-Laser Basics
Helium-Neon Lasers
Argon- and Krypton-Ion Lasers
Metal-Vapor Lasers
Carbon Dioxide Laser
Excimer Lasers
Chemical Lasers
Other Gas Lasers
What Have We Learned?
Solid-State and Fiber Lasers
What is a Solid-State Laser?
Solid-State Laser Materials
Optical Pumping
Ruby Lasers
Neodymium Lasers
Vibronic and Tunable Solid-State Lasers
Erbium and Other Eye-Safe Lasers
Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Lasers
Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Amplifiers
Raman Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers
What Have We Learned?
Semiconductor Diode Lasers
Basics of Semiconductor Diode Lasers
Semiconductor Basics
Light Emission at Junctions
Layers and Confinement in Diode Lasers
Confinement in the Junction Plane
Edge-Emitting Diode Lasers
Surface-Emitting Diode Lasers
Quantum Wells and Dots
Quantum Cascade Lasers
Optical Properties of Diode Lasers
Diode Laser Materials and Wavelengths
Silicon Lasers
Packaging and Specialization of Diode Lasers
What Have We Learned?
Other Lasers and Related Sources
Tunable Dye Lasers
Extreme-Ultraviolet Sources
Free-Electron Lasers
Silicon Lasers
What Have We Learned?
Low-Power Laser Applications
Advantages of Laser Light
Reading with Lasers
Optical Disks and Data Storage
Laser Printing and Marking
Fiber-Optic Communications
Laser Measurement
Laser Pointers, Art, and Entertainment
Low-Power Defense Applications
Sensing and Spectroscopy
Holography
Other Low-Power Applications
What Have We Learned?
High-Power Laser Applications
High- Versus Low-Power Laser Applications
Attractions of High-Power Lasers
Materials Working
Electronics Manufacturing
Three-Dimensional Modeling
Laser Medical Treatment
Photochemistry and Isotope Separation
Laser-Driven Nuclear Fusion
High-Energy Laser Weapons
Futuristic High-Power Laser Ideas
What Have We Learned?
Lasers In Research
Lasers Open New Opportunities
Laser Spectroscopy
Manipulating Tiny Objects
Atom Lasers and Bose-Einstein Condensates
Slow Light
Nanoscale Lasers
Petawatt Lasers
Attosecond Pulses
Laser Acceleration
Other Emerging Research
What We Have Learned
Answers to Quiz Questions
Laser Safety
Handy Numbers and Formulas
Resources and Suggested Readings
Glossary
Index

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