Introduction to Laser Technology

ISBN-10: 0470916206
ISBN-13: 9780470916209
Edition: 4th 2012
List price: $106.00
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Description: The only introductory text to explain the underlying physics and engineering applicable to all lasers, Introduction to Laser Technology presents a unique combination of clarity and technical depth. The book features an introductory chapter  More...

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Book details

List price: $106.00
Edition: 4th
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/19/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The only introductory text to explain the underlying physics and engineering applicable to all lasers, Introduction to Laser Technology presents a unique combination of clarity and technical depth. The book features an introductory chapter explaining the characteristics and important applications of commercial lasers worldwide as well as discussions on light and optics, the fundamental elements of lasers, and laser modification. This fourth edition includes a new chapter on fiber lasers, a discussion of arrays in the semiconductor, and new end-of-chapter problems for technicians, laser-safety officers, and students.

Preface
Acknowledgments
An Overview of Laser Technology
What are Lasers Used For?
Lasers in Telecommunications
Lasers in Research and Medicine
Lasers in Graphics and Grocery Stores
Lasers in the Military
Other Laser Applications
The Nature of Light
Electromagnetic Waves
Wave-Particle Duality
Refractive Index, Polarization, and Brightness
Light Propagation-Refractive Index
Huygens' Principle
Polarization
Polarization Components
Birefringence
Brewster's Angle
Brightness
Interference
What is Optical Interference?
Everyday Examples of Optical Interference
Young's Double-Slit Experiment
Fabry Perot Interferometer
Laser Light
Monochromaticity
Directionality
Coherence
Atoms, Molecules, and Energy Levels
Atomic Energy Levels
Spontaneous Emission and Stimulated Emission
Molecular Energy Levels
Some Subtle Refinements
Energy Distributions and Laser Action
Boltzmann Distribution
Population Inversion
L.A.S.E.R.
Three-Level and Four-Level Lasers
Pumping Mechanisms
Laser Resonators
Why a Resonator?
Circulating Power
Gain and Loss
Another Perspective on Saturation
Relaxation Oscillations
Oscillator-Amplifiers
Unstable Resonators
Laser Mirrors
Resonator Modes
Spatial Energy Distributions
Transverse Resonator Modes
Gaussian-Beam Propagation
A Stability Criterion
Longitudinal Modes
Reducing Laser Bandwidth
Measuring Laser Bandwidth
Laser-Broadening Mechanisms
Reducing Laser Bandwidth
Single-Mode Lasers
Q-Switching
Measuring the Output of Pulsed Lasers
Q-Switching
Types of Q-Switches
Mechanical Q-Switches
A-0 Q-Switches
E-0 Q-Switches
Dye Q-Switches
Cavity Dumping and Modelocking
Cavity Dumping
Partial Cavity Dumping
Modelocking-Time Domain
Modelocking-Frequency Domain
Applications of Modelocked Lasers
Types of Modelocked Lasers
Nonlinear Optics
What is Nonlinear Optics?
Second-Harmonic Generation
Birefringent Phase Matching
Quasi-Phasematching
Intracavity Harmonic Generation
Higher Harmonics
Optical Parametric Oscillation
Raman lasers
Semiconductor Lasers
Semiconductor Physics
Modern Diode Lasers
Diode Laser Bandwidth
Wavelength of Diode Lasers
Diode Arrays and Stacks
Vertical Cavity, Surface-Emitting Lasers
Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers
Quantum Cascade Lasers
Solid-State Lasers
Solid-State Laser Materials
Diode-Pumped Solid State Lasers
Diode-Pumping Geometry
Pump Diodes, Pulsing, and Packaging
Lamp Pumping
Thermal Issues in Solid-State Lasers
Scaling Diode-Pumped Lasers to High Power
Fiber Lasers
Acceptance Angle and Numerical Aperture
Doping Optical Fibers
Pumping Fiber Lasers
Fabricating Optical Fibers
Feedback for Fiber Lasers
High Power Fiber Lasers
Large-Mode-Area Fibers
Holey Fibers
Gas lasers: Helium-Neon and Ion
Gas-Laser Transitions
Gas-Laser Media and Tubes
Laser Excitation
Optical Characteristics
Wavelengths and Spectral Width
He-Ne Lasers
Principles of He-Ne Lasers
Structure of He-Ne Lasers
Ar and Kr-Ion Lasers
Carbon Dioxide and Other Vibrational Lasers
Vibrational Transitions
Excitation
Types of C02 Lasers
Optics for C02 Lasers
Chemical Lasers
Excimer Lasers
Excimer Molecules
Electrical Considerations
Handling the Gases
Applications of Excimer Lasers
Tunable and Ultrafast Lasers
Dye Lasers
Tunable Solid-State Lasers
Nonlinear Converters
Ultrafast Lasers
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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