Description

Chapters will provide self-contained treatment of the topic as much as possible to allow the reader to go directly to the appropriate chapter to deal with a particular topic of concern. This sharp focus is necessary to maintain the emphasis, and to make this a practical reference. The knowledge and experience will integrate aspects of laser oscillators, laser amplifiers, laser systems, engineering of rugged laser cavities, design and engineering of laser-based instrumentation, and design of highly reliable laser systems for material processing applications.

Key Features

* Provides a sharp focus practical aspects of reference material. * Offers an approach that will be simple, direct, and focused only on lasers and optics * Integrates aspects of laser oscillators, laser amplifiers, laser systems, engineering of rugged laser cavities, design and engineering of laser-based instrumentation, and design of highly reliable laser systems for material processing applications.

Readership

A basic reference for engineers and scientists working in the lasers area. Interested individuals will be members of OSA, SPIE and/or IEEE.

Table of Contents

Contents Preface Chapter 1 Introduction to Lasers 1. Introduction 1.1 Historical Remarks 2. Lasers 2.1 Laser Optics 3. Excitation Mechanisms and Rate Equations 3.1 Rate Equations 3.2 Dynamics of Multiple-Level System 3.3 Transition Probabilities and Cross Sections 4. Laser Resonators and Laser Cavities Problems References Chapter 2 Dirac Optics 1. Dirac Notation in Optics 2. Interference 2.1 Geometry of the N-Slit Interferometer 2.2 N-Slit Interferometer Experiment 3. Diffraction 4. Refraction 5. Reflection 6. Angular Dispersion 7. Dirac and the Laser Problems References Chapter 3 The Uncertainty Principle in Optics 1. Approximate Derivation of the Uncertainty Principle 1.1 The Wave Character of Particles 1.2 The Diffraction Identity and the Uncertainty Principle 1.3 Alternative Versions of the Uncertainty Principle 2. Applications of the Uncertainty Principle 2.1 Beam Divergence 2.2 Beam Divergence and Astronomy 2.3 The Uncertainty Principle and the Cavity Linewidth Equation Problems References Chapter 4 The Physics of Multiple-Prism Optics 1. Introduction 2. Generalized Multiple-Prism Dispersion 2.1 Double-Pass Generalized Multiple-Prism Dispersion 2.2 Multiple Return-Pass Generalized Multiple-Prism Dispersion 2.3 Single-Prism Equations 3. Multiple-Prism Dispersion and Linewidth Narrowing 3.1 The Mechanics of Linewidth Narrowing in Optically-Pumped

Details

No. of pages:
272
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2003
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780122226960
Electronic ISBN:
9780080543314

About the author

Frank Duarte

Affiliations and Expertise

Eastman Kodak Company

Reviews

"...a well-organized and well-written book...The reader gains insight and understanding into the selection of components and the trade-offs involved in creating turnable laser optics. I enjoyed the book and commend Francis J. Duarte on another addition to his already impressive resume in optical science" - Optics and Photonics News, July/August 2005