Astrophysical Lasers

Hardcover | December 18, 2008

byVladilen Letokhov, Sveneric Johansson

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Progress in modern radio astronomy led to the discovery of space masers in the microwave range, and it became a powerful tool for studies of interstellar star-forming molecular clouds. Progress in observational astronomy, particularly with ground-based huge telescopes and the space-basedHubble Space Telescope, has led to recent discoveries of space lasers in the optical range. These operate in gas condensations in the vicinity of the mysterious star Eta Carinae (one of the most luminous and massive stars of our Galaxy). Both maser and laser effects, first demonstrated underlaboratory conditions, have now been discovered to occur under natural conditions in space too. This book describes consistently the elements of laser science, astrophysical plasmas, modern astronomical observation techniques, and the fundamentals and properties of astrophysical lasers. A book withsuch an interdisciplinary scope has not been available to date. The book will also be useful for a wider audience interested in modern developments of the natural sciences and technology.

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Progress in modern radio astronomy led to the discovery of space masers in the microwave range, and it became a powerful tool for studies of interstellar star-forming molecular clouds. Progress in observational astronomy, particularly with ground-based huge telescopes and the space-basedHubble Space Telescope, has led to recent discove...

Vladilen Letokhov Head of Laser Spectroscopy Department Institute of Spectroscopy , Russian Academy of Sciences Troitsk, Russia V.S. Letokhov. Graduation with Nobel Prize winner N. Basov in P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute. Founder (1970) and Head of Laser Spectroscopy Department, Institute of Spectroscopy, Troitsk. Visiting Profe...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.98 inPublished:December 18, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199548277

ISBN - 13:9780199548279

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Elements of radiative quantum transitions3. Elements of atomic spectroscopy4. Elementary excitation processes in rarefied gas plasma5. Astrophysical rarefied gas plasma6. Elements of laser physics7. General introduction to an astrophysical lasers8. Basics of collisionally-pumped astrophysical lasers9. Basics of optically-pumped astrophysical lasers10. Anomalous spectral effects in the Weigelt blobs of Carinae11. Astrophysical laser on the Fe II lines12. Astrophysical laser in the OI line 8446 A line13. Narrowing of spectral line of astrophysical lasers14. Possibility of scattering feedback in astrophysical masers/lasers15. Nonlinear optical effects in astrophysical conditions16. Conclusion: laser and interstellar communicationsAppendices: Useful hints

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`A book of great educational value for graduate students and professional astronomers. 'Professor Dame Carole Jordan, University of Oxford