Solid-State Laser Engineering

ISBN-10: 3540650644
ISBN-13: 9783540650645
Edition: 5th 1999 (Revised)
Authors: Walter Koechner
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Description: Written from an industrial perspective, Solid-State LaserEngineering discusses in detail the characteristics, design, construction, and performance of solid-state lasers. Emphasis is placed on engineering and practical considerations;  More...

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List price: $119.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/29/1999
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 746
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.640
Language: English

Written from an industrial perspective, Solid-State LaserEngineering discusses in detail the characteristics, design, construction, and performance of solid-state lasers. Emphasis is placed on engineering and practical considerations; phenomenological aspects using models are preferred to abstract mathematical derivations. This new edition has been extensively updated to account for recent developments in the areas of diode-laser pumping, laser materials, and nonlinear crystals.

Preface
Introduction
Energy Transfer Between Radiation and Atomic Transitions
Optical Amplification
Interaction of Radiation with Matter
Blackbody Radiation
Boltzmann's Statistics
Einstein's Coefficients
Phase Coherence of Stimulated Emission
Absorption and Optical Gain
Atomic Lineshapes
Absorption by Stimulated Transitions
Population Inversion
Creation of a Population Inversion
The Three-Level System
The Four-Level System
The Metastable Level
Laser Rate Equations
The Three-Level System
The Four-Level System
Comparison of Three- and Four-Level Lasers
Properties of Solid-State Laser Materials
Overview
Host Materials
Active Ions
Ruby
Nd:Lasers
Nd:YAG
Nd:Glass
Nd:Cr:GSGG
Nd:YLF
Nd:YVO[subscript 4]
Er:Lasers
Er:YAG
Er:Glass
Tunable Lasers
Alexandrite Laser
Ti:Sapphire
Cr:LiSAF
Tm:YAG
Yb:YAG
Laser Oscillator
Operation at Threshold
Gain Saturation
Circulating Power
Oscillator Performance Model
Conversion of Input to Output Energy
Laser Output
Relaxation Oscillations
Theory
Spike Suppression
Gain Switching
Examples of Laser Oscillators
Lamp-Pumped cw Nd:YAG Laser
Diode Side-Pumped Nd:YAG Laser
End-Pumped Systems
Ring Laser
Laser Amplifier
Single- and Multiple-Pass Pulse Amplifiers
Pulse Amplification
Nd:YAG Amplifiers
Nd:Glass Amplifiers
Multipass Amplifier Configurations
Regenerative Amplifiers
cw Amplifiers
Signal Distortions
Spatial Distortions
Temporal Distortions
Depopulation Losses
Amplified Spontaneous Emission
Prelasing and Parasitic Modes
Reduction of Depopulation Losses
Self-Focusing
Whole-Beam Self-Focusing
Examples of Self-focusing in Nd:YAG Lasers
Small-Scale Self-Focusing
Suppression of Self-Focusing
Optical Resonator
Transverse Modes
Intensity Distribution
Characteristics of a Gaussian Beam
Resonator Configurations
Stability of Laser Resonators
Diffraction Losses
Higher-Order Modes
Mode Selection
Active Resonator
Examples of Resonator Designs
Resonator Modeling and Software Packages
Longitudinal Modes
The Fabry-Perot Interferometer
Laser Resonator with Gain Medium
Longitudinal Mode Control
Injection Seeding
Intensity and Frequency Control
Amplitude Fluctuations
Frequency Tuning
Frequency Locking
Hardware Design
Unstable Resonators
Confocal Positive-Branch Unstable Resonator
Negative-Branch Unstable Resonator
Variable Reflectivity Output Couplers
Gain, Mode Size, and Alignment Sensitivity
Wavelength Selection
Optical Pump Systems
Pump Sources
Flashlamps
Continuous Arc Lamps
Laser Diodes
Pump Radiation Transfer Methods
Side-Pumping with Lamps
Side-Pumping with Diodes
End-Pumped Lasers
Face-Pumped Disks
Thermo-Optic Effects
Cylindrical Geometry
Temperature Distribution
Thermal Stresses
Photoelastic Effects
Thermal Lensing
Stress Birefringence
Compensation of Optical Distortions
Slab and Disk Geometries
Rectangular-Slab Laser
Slab Laser with Zigzag Optical Path
Disk Amplifiers and Lasers
End-Pumped Configurations
Thermal Gradients and Stress
Thermal Lensing
Thermal Fracture Limit
Thermal Management
Liquid Cooling
Conduction Cooling
Air/Gas Cooling
Q-Switching
Q-Switch Theory
Fast Q-Switch
Slow Q-Switching
Continuously Pumped, Repetitively Q-Switched Systems
Mechanical Q-Switches
Electro-Optical Q-Switches
KDP and KD*P Pockels Cells
LiNbO[subscript 3] Pockels Cells
Prelasing and Postlasing
Depolarization Losses
Drivers for Electro-Optic Q-Switches
Acousto-Optic Q-Switches
Bragg Reflection
Device Characteristics
Passive Q-Switches
Cavity Dumping
Mode Locking
Pulse Formation
Passive Mode Locking
Liquid Dye Saturable Absorber
Coupled-Cavity Mode Locking
Kerr Lens Mode Locking
Semiconductor Saturable Absorber Mirror (SESAM)
Active Mode Locking
cw Mode Locking
Transient Active Mode Locking
Picosecond Lasers
AM Mode Locking
FM Mode Locking
Femtosecond Lasers
Laser Materials
Dispersion Compensation
Examples of Kerr Lens or SESAM Mode-Locked Femtosecond Lasers
Chirped Pulse Amplifiers
Nonlinear Devices
Nonlinear Optical Effects
Second-Order Nonlinearities
Third-Order Nonlinearities
Harmonic Generation
Basic Theory of Second Harmonic Generation
Phase Matching
Properties of Nonlinear Crystals
Intracavity Frequency Doubling
Third Harmonic Generation
Examples of Harmonic Generation
Optical Parametric Oscillators
Performance Modeling
Crystals
Quasi Phase Matching
Design and Performance
Raman Laser
Theory
Device Implementation
Optical Phase Conjugation
Basic Considerations
Material Properties
Focusing Geometry
Pump-Beam Properties
System Design
Damage of Optical Elements
Surface Damage
Inclusion Damage
Damage Threshold of Optical Materials
Scaling Laws
Laser Host Materials
Optical Glass
Nonlinear Crystals
Dielectric Thin Films
System Design Considerations
Choice of Materials
Design of System
System Operation
Laser Safety
Conversion Factors and Constants
Definition of Symbols
References
Subject Index

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