Industrial Applications of Lasers

Industrial Applications of Lasers

2nd Edition - April 16, 1997

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  • Author: John Ready
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080508603

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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

  • 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. Beam Modulation Telemetry. Pulsed Laser Range Finders. A Laser Interferometer Application in Mask Production: A Specific Example of Distance Measurement and Dimensional Control. References. Selected Additional References. Laser Instrumentation and Measurement: Velocity Measurement. Angular Rotation Rate. Diffractive Measurement of Small Dimension: Wire Diameter. Profile and Surface Position Measurement. Measurement of Product Dimension. Measurement of Surface Finish. Particle Diameter Measurement. Strain Measurement. Vibration. Cylindrical Form Measurement. Defect Detection. Surface Flaw Inspection Monitor-A Specific Example. Summary. References. Selected Additional References. Interaction of High-Power Laser Radiation with Materials: References. Selected Additional References. Laser Applications in Material Professing: Selected References. Applications of Laser Welding: Seam Welding-Subkilowatt Levels. Welding with Multikilowatt Lasers Spot Welding. Specific Examples of Laser Welding Capability. Summary. References. Selected Additional References. Applications for Surface Treatment: Hardening. Glazing. Laser Alloying. Laser Cladding. Specific Examples of Laser Heat Treating Capability. References. Selected Additional References. Applications for Material Removal: Drilling, Cutting, Marking: Laser-Induced Material Removal. Hole Drilling. Cutting. Scribing. Marking. Balancing. Paint Stripping. Laser Deposition of Thin Films. Specific Examples of Material Removal. References. Selected Additional References. Lasers in Electronic Fabrication: Established Applications in Electronics.Applications in Integrated Circuit Fabrication. Summary. A Specific Example-Laser-Based Photomask Repair. References. Selected Additional References. Principles of Holography: Formation of Holograms. The Holographic Process. Hologram Types and Efficiency. Practical Aspects of Holography. References. Selected Additional References. Applications of Holography: Holographic Interferometry. A Miscellany of Applications. Holographic Optical Elements. An Example of Holographic Application. References. Selected Additional References. Laser Applications in Spectroscopy: Lasers for Spectroscopic Applications. Types of Laser Spectroscopy. Applications of Laser Spectroscopy. References. Selected Additional References. Chemical Applications: Laser-Initiated Reactions. Laser-Altered Reactions. Laser Monitoring of Chemical Dynamics. Isotope Separation. References. Selected Additional References. Fiber Optics:References. Selected Additional References. Integrated Optics: Optical Waveguides. Components for Integrated Optics. Integrated Optic Circuits. Applications. References. Selected Additional References. Information Related Applications of Lasers: Lightwave Communications. Optical Data Storage. Optical Data Processing. Laser Graphics. Consumer Products. References. Selected Additional References. Epilogue--A Look at the Future. References. Selected Additional References.

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  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1997
  • Published: April 16, 1997
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080508603

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Honeywell Technology Center

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