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Author Hitz, C. Breck.

Title Introduction to laser technology / Breck Hitz, J.J. Ewing, Jeff Hecht.

Published New York : IEEE Press, 2000.

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 UniM ERC  621.366 HITZ    AVAILABLE
Edition 3rd ed.
Physical description pages cm
Notes Rev. ed. of: Understanding laser technology, 2nd. ed. c1991.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Chapter 1 An Overview of Laser Technology 1 -- 1.1 What are Lasers Used For? 3 -- 1.2 Lasers in Telecommunications 4 -- 1.3 Lasers in Research and Medicine 4 -- 1.4 Lasers in Graphics and Grocery Stores 5 -- 1.5 Lasers in the Military 5 -- 1.6 Other Laser Applications 6 -- Chapter 2 Nature of Light 7 -- 2.1 Electromagnetic Waves 7 -- 2.2 Wave-Particle Duality 11 -- Chapter 3 Refractive Index, Polarization, and Brightness 17 -- 3.1 Light Propagation-Refractive Index 17 -- 3.2 Huygens' Principle 22 -- 3.3 Polarization 24 -- 3.4 Polarization Components 27 -- 3.5 Birefringence 31 -- 3.6 Brewster's Angle 40 -- 3.7 Brightness 41 -- Chapter 4 Interference 45 -- 4.1 What is Optical Interference? 45 -- 4.2 Everyday Examples of Optical Interference 48 -- 4.3 Young's Double-Slit Experiment 49 -- 4.4 Fabry-Perot Interferometer 52 -- Chapter 5 Laser Light 57 -- 5.1 Monochromaticity 57 -- 5.2 Directionality 58 -- 5.3 Coherence 63 -- Chapter 6 Atoms, Molecules, and Energy Levels 65 -- 6.1 Atomic Energy Levels 66 -- 6.2 Spontaneous Emission and Stimulated Emission 67 -- 6.3 Molecular Energy Levels 69 -- 6.4 Some Subtle Refinements 71 -- Chapter 7 Energy Distributions and Laser Action 75 -- 7.1 Boltzmann Distribution 75 -- 7.2 Population Inversion 79 -- 7.3 L.A.S.E.R. 82 -- 7.4 Three-Level and Four-Level Lasers 84 -- 7.5 Pumping Mechanisms 85 -- Chapter 8 Laser Resonators 89 -- 8.1 Why a Resonator? 89 -- 8.2 Circulating Power 91 -- 8.3 Gain and Loss 92 -- 8.4 Another Perspective on Saturation 94 -- 8.5 Relaxation Oscillations 95 -- 8.6 Oscillator-Amplifiers 97 -- 8.7 Unstable Resonators 97 -- 8.8 Laser Mirrors 98 -- Chapter 9 Resonator Modes 101 -- 9.1 Spatial Energy Distributions 101 -- 9.2 Transverse Resonator Modes 103 -- 9.3 Gaussian-Beam Propagation 104 -- 9.4 A Stability Criterion 109 -- 9.5 Longitudinal Modes 111 -- Chapter 10 Reducing Laser Bandwidth 117 -- 10.1 Measuring Laser Bandwidth 117 -- 10.2 Laser-Broadening Mechanisms 120 -- 10.3 Reducing Laser Bandwidth 123 -- 10.4 Single-Mode Lasers 127 -- Chapter 11 Q-Switching 133 -- 11.1 Measuring the Output of Pulsed Lasers 133 -- 11.2 Q-Switching 135 -- 11.3 Types of Q-Switches 139 -- 11.4 Mechanical Q-Switches 140 -- 11.5 A-O Q-Switches 140 -- 11.6 E-O Q-Switches 142 -- 11.7 Dye Q-Switches 144 -- Chapter 12 Cavity Dumping and Modelocking 147 -- 12.1 Cavity Dumping 147 -- 12.2 Partial Cavity Dumping 151 -- 12.3 Modelocking--Time Domain 153 -- 12.4 Modelocking--Frequency Domain 156 -- 12.5 Applications of Modelocked Lasers 157 -- 12.6 Types of Modelocked Lasers 158 -- Chapter 13 Nonlinear Optics 161 -- 13.1 What is Nonlinear Optics? 161 -- 13.2 Second-Harmonic Generation 164 -- 13.3 Phase Matching 167 -- 13.4 Intracavity Harmonic Generation 172 -- 13.5 Higher Harmonics 173 -- 13.6 Optical Parametric Oscillation 173 -- Chapter 14 Semiconductor Lasers 177 -- 14.1 Semiconductor Physics 178 -- 14.2 Modern Diode Lasers 182 -- Chapter 15 Solid-State Lasers 191 -- 15.1 Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers 195 -- Chapter 16 Helium Neon, Helium Cadmium, and Ion Lasers 211 -- 16.1 Gas-Laser Transitions 212 -- 16.2 Gas Laser Media and Tubes 214 -- 16.3 Laser Excitation 216 -- 16.4 Optical Characteristics 217 -- 16.5 Wavelengths and Spectral Width 218 -- 16.6 HeNe Lasers 219 -- 16.7 Principles of HeNe Lasers 220 -- 16.8 Structure of HeNe Lasers 222 -- 16.9 HeCd Lasers 223 -- 16.10 Ar- and Kr-Ion Lasers 225 -- Chapter 17 Carbon Dioxide and Other Vibrational Lasers 229 -- 17.1 Vibrational Transitions 230 -- 17.2 Excitation 232 -- 17.3 Types of CO[subscript 2] Lasers 233 -- 17.4 Optics for CO[subscript 2] Lasers 236 -- 17.5 Chemical Lasers 237 -- Chapter 18 Excimer Lasers 239 -- 18.1 Excimer Molecules 241 -- 18.2 Electrical Considerations 243 -- 18.3 Handling the Gases 245 -- 18.4 Applications of Excimer Laser 249 -- Chapter 19 Tunable and Ultrafast Lasers 253 -- 19.1 Dye Lasers 256 -- 19.2 Tunable Solid-State Lasers 258 -- 19.3 Ultrafast Lasers 261 -- 19.4 Nonlinear Converters 264.
Summary This is readers' one-stop resource for understanding the underlying principles and for specific information about a particular type of laser, all under one cover. The bestselling authors bring readers a highly intuitive, nonmathematical approach to explain laser principles, including complex concepts.
Other author Hecht, Jeff.
Ewing, J. J. (James J.), 1942-
Hitz, C. Breck. Understanding laser technology.
Subject Lasers.
ISBN 0780353730