A practical book with a variety of uses, this book can help applications engineers spark problem-solving techniques through the use of lasers. Industrial Application of Lasers, Second Edition takes the reader through laser fundamentals, unusual properties of laser light, types of practical lasers available, and commonly used accessory equipment. The book also applies this information to existing and developing applications. Current uses of lasers, including laser welding and cutting, electronic fabrication techniques, lightwave communications, laser-based applications in alignment, surveying, and metrology are all covered as well as discussing the potential for future applications such as all-optical computers,remote environmental monitoring, and laser-assisted thermonuclear fusion.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Explains basic laser fundamentals as well as emphasizing how lasers are used for real applications in industry * Describes the importance of laser safety * Discusses potentially important future applications such as remote environmental monitoring * Includes rare expert lore and opinion


Professional engineers in a wide variety of fields.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgments. Historical Prologue: Fundamentals of Lasers. Electromagnetic Radiation. Elementary Optical Principles. Energy Levels. Interaction of Radiation and Matter. Laser Materials. Population Inversion. Resonant Cavity. Selected References.Properties of Laser Light: Linewidth. Beam Divergence Angle. Spatial Profiles of Laser Beams. Temporal Behavior of Laser Output. Coherence. Radiance. Focusing Properties of Laser Radiation. Power. References. Selected Additional References. Practical Lasers: Gas Lasers. Solid State Lasers. Semiconductor Lasers. Organic Dye Lasers. References. Selected Additional References. Trends in Laser Development: Semiconductor Lasers. Diode-Pumped Solid State Tunable Lasers. Chemical Lasers. Free Electron Lasers. X-Ray Lasers. References. Selected Additional References. Laser Components and Accessories: Mirrors. Optics. Polarizers. Infrared Materials. Detectors. Modulators. Light Beam Deflectors. Q-Switches. Nonlinear Optical Elements. Optical Isolators. Raman Shifters. Injection Seeders. Beam Profilers. Optical Tables. Spatial Light Modulators. Beam Homogenizers. Selected References. Care and Maintenance of Lasers: Damage and Deterioration of Lasers.Care and Maintenance. References. Selected Additional References. Laser Safety: Physiological Effects. Laser Safety Practices and Standards. References. Selected Additional References. Alignment, Tooling and Angle Tracking: Position-SensitiveDetectors. Laser Tooling. Angle Tracking. Lasers in Construction. References. Selected Additional References. Principles Used in Measurement: The Michelson Interferometer. Beat Production (Heterodyne). The Doppler Effect. Coherence Requirements. Selected References.Distance Measurement and Dimensional Control: Interferometric Distance Measurement. Laser Doppler Displacement.


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About the author

John Ready

Affiliations and Expertise

Honeywell Technology Center