Laser Fundamentals

ISBN-10: 0521541050

ISBN-13: 9780521541053

Edition: 2nd 2008 (Revised)

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Description: Simple explanations lead the reader logically from the basics of laser action to advanced topics in laser physics and engineering in this comprehensive introduction to the physical and engineering principles of laser operation and design. Direct explanations, examples, and many homework problems make this book invaluable to undergraduate and first-year graduate students taking courses on lasers. Summaries of key types of lasers, use of unique theoretical descriptions, and an extensive bibliography also recommend this volume to researchers. First Edition Hb (1996): 0-521-55424-1 First Edition Pb (1996): 0-521-55617-1

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List price: $108.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 674
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 3.498
Language: English

William Silfvast received a BSc degree in both physics and mathematics and a PhD in physics from the University of Utah. In 1990, he joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida where he was Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering as well as a member of the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL). In 1999 he also became a Professor of Optics at the School of Optics. He is presently Emeritus Professor of Optics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America and the IEEE. He has carried out pioneering work in the fields of metal vapor lasers, recombination lasers, photoionization-pumped lasers, laser plasmas, and EUV lithography. He is the author of over 100 technical papers and holds more than 30 patents.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Overview
Introduction
Definition of the Laser
Simplicity of a Laser
Unique Properties of a Laser
The Laser Spectrum and Wavelengths
A Brief History of the Laser
Overview of the Book
Fundamental Wave Properties of Light
Wave Nature of Light--The Interaction of Light with Materials
Overview
Maxwell's Equations
Maxwell's Wave Equations
Interaction of Electromagnetic Radiation (Light) with Matter
Coherence
References
Problems
Fundamental Quantum Properties of Light
Particle Nature of Light--Discrete Energy Levels
Overview
Bohr Theory of the Hydrogen Atom
Quantum Theory of Atomic Energy Levels
Angular Momentum of Atoms
Energy Levels Associated with One-Electron Atoms
Periodic Table of the Elements
Energy Levels of Multi-Electron Atoms
References
Problems
Radiative Transitions and Emission Linewidth
Overview
Decay of Excited States
Emission Broadening and Linewidth Due to Radiative Decay
Additional Emission-Broadening Processes
Quantum Mechanical Description of Radiating Atoms
References
Problems
Energy Levels and Radiative Properties of Molecules, Liquids, and Solids
Overview
Molecular Energy Levels and Spectra
Liquid Energy Levels and Their Radiation Properties
Energy Levels in Solids--Dielectric Laser Materials
Energy Levels in Solids--Semiconductor Laser Materials
References
Problems
Radiation and Thermal Equilibrium--Absorption and Stimulated Emission
Overview
Equilibrium
Radiating Bodies
Cavity Radiation
Absorption and Stimulated Emission
References
Problems
Laser Amplifiers
Conditions for Producing a Laser - Population Inversions, Gain, and Gain Saturation
Overview
Absorption and Gain
Population Inversion (Necessary Condition for a Laser)
Saturation Intensity (Sufficient Condition for a Laser)
Development and Growth of a Laser Beam
Exponential Growth Factor (Gain)
Threshold Requirements for a Laser
References
Problems
Laser Oscillation Above Threshold
Overview
Laser Gain Saturation
Laser Beam Growth beyond the Saturation Intensity
Optimization of Laser Output Power
Energy Exchange between Upper Laser Level Population and Laser Photons
Laser Output Fluctuations
Laser Amplifiers
References
Problems
Requirements for Obtaining Population Inversions
Overview
Inversions and Two-Level Systems
Relative Decay Rates - Radiative versus Collisional
Steady-State Inversions in Three- and Four-Level Systems
Transient Population Inversions
Processes That Inhibit or Destroy Inversions
References
Problems
Laser Pumping Requirements and Techniques
Overview
Excitation or Pumping Threshold Requirements
Pumping Pathways
Specific Excitation Parameters Associated with Optical Pumping
Specific Excitation Parameters Associated with Particle Pumping
References
Problems
Laser Resonators
Laser Cavity Modes
Overview
Introduction
Longitudinal Laser Cavity Modes
Transverse Laser Cavity Modes
Properties of Laser Modes
References
Problems
Stable Laser Resonators and Gaussian Beams
Overview
Stable Curved Mirror Cavities
Properties of Gaussian Beams
Properties of Real Laser Beams
Propagation of Gaussian Beams Using ABCD Matrices - Complex Beam Parameter
References
Problems
Special Laser Cavities and Cavity Effects
Overview
Unstable Resonators
Q-Switching
Gain-Switching
Mode-Locking
Pulse Shortening Techniques
Ring Lasers
Complex Beam Parameter Analysis Applied to Multi-Mirror Laser Cavities
Cavities for Producing Spectral Narrowing of Laser Output
Laser Cavities Requiring Small-Diameter Gain Regions - Astigmatically Compensated Cavities
Waveguide Cavities for Gas Lasers
References
Problems
Specific Laser Systems
Laser Systems Involving Low-Density Gain Media
Overview
Atomic Gas Lasers
Molecular Gas Lasers
X-Ray Plasma Lasers
Free-Electron Lasers
References
Laser Systems Involving High-Density Gain Media
Overview
Organic Dye Lasers
Solid-State Lasers
Semiconductor Diode Lasers
References
Frequency Multiplication of Laser Beams
Frequency Multiplication of Lasers and Other Nonlinear Optical Effects
Overview
Wave Propagation in an Anisotropic Crystal
Polarization Response of Materials to Light
Second-Order Nonlinear Optical Processes
Third-Order Nonlinear Optical Processes
Nonlinear Optical Materials
Phase Matching
Saturable Absorption
Two-Photon Absorption
Stimulated Raman Scattering
Harmonic Generation in Gases
References
Appendix
Index
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