Laser Physics

Paperback | September 4, 2010

bySimon Hooker, Colin Webb

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In this book the interaction of radiation and matter, and the principles of laser operation are treated at a level suitable for fourth-year undergraduate courses or introductory graduate courses in physics, chemistry or engineering. The factors which determine efficiency, wavelength coverage,output power, and beam quality of the different classes of laser are treated both in terms of fundamental theory and practical construction aspects. Details of established types of solid-state, semiconductor, and gas lasers are examined together with the techniques that enable their output to beconverted widely across the spectrum. The latest advances in high power fibre lasers, femtosecond lasers, and X-ray lasers are explained. The text is liberally illustrated with more than 300 diagrams. An extensive bibliography is provided, together with numerical problems in each chapter. Solutionsare available via the web.

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In this book the interaction of radiation and matter, and the principles of laser operation are treated at a level suitable for fourth-year undergraduate courses or introductory graduate courses in physics, chemistry or engineering. The factors which determine efficiency, wavelength coverage,output power, and beam quality of the differ...

Simon Hooker's doctoral and early post-doctoral work in Oxford involved a study of novel line- and broadly-tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) lasers optically-pumped by a molecular fluorine laser. In 1994 he moved to Stanford University to work with Prof. Steve Harris. He returned to the UK in 1996 to take up a Royal Society University ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:648 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:September 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198506929

ISBN - 13:9780198506928

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The interaction of radiation and matter3. Broadening mechanisms and lineshapes4. Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radi- ation5. Gain saturation6. The laser oscillator7. Solid-state lasers8. Dynamic Cavity Effects9. Semiconductor Lasers10. Fibre Lasers11. Atomic Gas Lasers12. Infra-red molecular gas lasers13. Ultraviolet Molecular Gas Lasers14. Dye Lasers15. Nonlinear frequency conversi16. Precision frequency control of lasers17. Ultrafast lasers18. Short-wavelength lasersAppendix A Semi-classical theoryAppendix B The Spectral Einstein CoefficientsAppendix C Kleinman's conjecture

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"This is an excellent introductory textbook on lasers. Basic principles are presented with careful attention paid to the underlying physics. The text's clarity and style reflect the extensive road-testing that the material has received through exposure to generations of Oxford physicsstudents. The principles are further illuminated through detailed discussion of specific laser systems of particular prominence. These serve as exemplars and also provide an up-to-date view of the rapidly evolving landscape of lasers and their applications. This makes the book attractive not only tostudents but to practitioners and researchers in need of relevant facts and figures." --David Hanna, University of Southampton