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Updated to reflect advancements since the publication of the previous edition, Understanding Lasers: An Entry-Level Guide, 3rd Edition is an introduction to lasers and associated equipment. You need only a minimal background in algebra to understand the nontechnical language in this book, which is a practical, easy-to-follow guide for beginners. By studying the conceptual drawings, tables, and multiple-choice quizzes with answers provided at the back of the book you can understand applications of semiconductor lasers, solid-state lasers, and gas lasers for information processing, medicine, communications, industry, and military systems.…mehr

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Updated to reflect advancements since the publication of the previous edition, Understanding Lasers: An Entry-Level Guide, 3rd Edition is an introduction to lasers and associated equipment. You need only a minimal background in algebra to understand the nontechnical language in this book, which is a practical, easy-to-follow guide for beginners. By studying the conceptual drawings, tables, and multiple-choice quizzes with answers provided at the back of the book you can understand applications of semiconductor lasers, solid-state lasers, and gas lasers for information processing, medicine, communications, industry, and military systems.

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  • Verlag: John Wiley & Sons
  • Seitenzahl: 496
  • Erscheinungstermin: 20.09.2011
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9781118210048
  • Artikelnr.: 37349629
Autorenporträt
Jeff Hecht is a science and technology writer who has covered the laser industry for more than thirty years. He cofounded Lasers & Optronics magazine and has been a contributing editor to Laser Focus World since 1991, where he was also managing editor for seven years. He has been a Boston correspondent for New Scientist magazine since 1984 and is the author of eleven books. He has taught short courses on optics at SPIE, OSA, and IEEE LEOS conferences. He is a member of the IEEE, APS, OSA, and the National Association of Science Writers.
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Preface xiii CHAPTER 1 Introduction and Overview 1 1.1 Lasers, Optics, and Photonics 1 1.2 Understanding the Laser 3 1.3 What Is a Laser? 4 1.4 Laser Materials and Types 8 1.5 Optical Properties of Laser Light 10 1.6 How Lasers Are Used? 14 1.7 What Have We Learned? 17 CHAPTER 2 Physical Basics 21 2.1 Electromagnetic Waves and Photons 21 2.2 Quantum and Classical Physics 29 2.3 Interactions of Light and Matter 39 2.4 Basic Optics and Simple Lenses 47 2.5 Fiber Optics 51 2.6 What Have We Learned? 54 CHAPTER 3 How Lasers Work 59 3.1 Building a Laser 59 3.2 Producing a Population Inversion 60 3.3 Resonant Cavities 66 3.4 Laser Beams and Resonance 73 3.5 Wavelength Selection and Tuning 81 3.6 Laser Excitation and Efficiency 85 3.7 What Have We Learned? 89 CHAPTER 4 Laser Characteristics 95 4.1 Coherence 95 4.2 Laser Wavelengths 98 4.3 Properties of Laser Beams 103 4.4 Laser Power 108 4.5 Laser Efficiency 110 4.6 Pulse Characteristics 115 4.7 Polarization 120 4.8 What Have We Learned? 121 CHAPTER 5 Optics, Laser Accessories, and Measurements 127 5.1 Classical Optical Devices 127 5.2 Optical Materials 136 5.3 Optical Coatings and Filters 141 5.4 Beam Delivery, Direction, and Propagation 145 5.5 Mounting and Positioning Equipment 148 5.6 Nonlinear Optics 149 5.7 Beam Modulation and Output Control 156 5.8 Measurements in Optics 159 5.9 What Have We Learned? 164 CHAPTER 6 Laser Types, Features, and Enhancements 169 6.1 Perspectives on Laser Types 169 6.2 Laser Media 171 6.3 Pumping and Energy Storage 177 6.4 Laser Pulse Characteristics 182 6.5 Wavelength Conversion 195 6.6 Laser Oscillators and Optical Amplifiers 201 6.7 Wavelength Options 207 6.8 Laser-Like Light Sources 209 6.9 What Have We Learned? 211 CHAPTER 7 Gas Lasers 217 7.1 The Gas-Laser Family 217 7.2 Gas-Laser Basics 218 7.3 Helium-Neon Lasers 225 7.4 Argon- and Krypton-Ion Lasers 229 7.5 Metal-Vapor Lasers 232 7.6 Carbon Dioxide Lasers 235 7.7 Excimer Lasers 240 7.8 Nitrogen Lasers 243 7.9 Chemical Lasers 243 7.10 Other Gas Lasers 246 7.11 What Have We Learned? 247 CHAPTER 8 Solid-State Lasers 253 8.1 What Is a Solid-State Laser? 253 8.2 Solid-State Laser Materials 258 8.3 Solid-State Laser Configurations 265 8.4 Major Solid-State Laser Materials 271 8.5 Optically Pumped Semiconductor Lasers 284 8.6 Broadband and Tunable Solid-State Lasers 288 8.7 Pulsed Solid-State Lasers 294 8.8 What Have We Learned? 295 CHAPTER 9 Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers 301 9.1 What Are Fiber Lasers? 301 9.2 Optical Fiber Structures 306 9.3 Fiber Laser Design and Efficiency 310 9.4 Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Lasers 318 9.5 Rare-Earth-Doped Fiber Amplifiers 328 9.6 Raman Fiber Lasers and Amplifiers 332 9.7 What Have We Learned? 335 CHAPTER 10 Diode and Other Semiconductor Lasers 341 10.1 Types of Semiconductor Lasers 341 10.2 Development of Diode Lasers 342 10.3 Semiconductor Basics 344 10.4 Comparing LED and Diode-Laser Emission 353 10.5 Confining Light and Current 359 10.6 Edge-Emitting Diode Lasers 370 10.7 Surface-Emitting Diode Lasers 375 10.8 Optical Properties of Diode Lasers 379 10.9 Diode-Laser Materials and Wavelengths 381 10.10 Quantum Cascade Lasers and Related Types 390 10.11 What Have We Learned? 393 CHAPTER 11 Other Lasers and Laser-Like Sources 399 11.1 Tunable Dye Lasers 399 11.2 Optical Parametric Sources 404 11.3 Supercontinuum Sources 408 11.4 Frequency Combs 408 11.5 Extreme Ultraviolet Sources 410 11.6 Free-Electron Lasers 416 11.7 What Have We Learned? 420 CHAPTER 12 Low-Power Laser Applications 425 12.1 Advantages of Laser Light 426 12.2 Reading with Lasers 433 12.3 Optical Disks and Data Storage 437 12.4 Laser Printing 440 12.5 Lasers in Fiber-Optic Communications