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.
- 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.
A basic reference for engineers and scientists working in the lasers area. Interested individuals will be members of OSA, SPIE and/or IEEE.
Chapter 1 Introduction to Lasers
- Introduction 1.1 Historical Remarks
- Lasers 2.1 Laser Optics
- Excitation Mechanisms and Rate Equations 3.1 Rate Equations 3.2 Dynamics of Multiple-Level System 3.3 Transition Probabilities and Cross Sections
- Laser Resonators and Laser Cavities Problems References
Chapter 2 Dirac Optics
- Dirac Notation in Optics
- Interference 2.1 Geometry of the N-Slit Interferometer 2.2 N-Slit Interferometer Experiment
- Angular Dispersion
- Dirac and the Laser Problems References
Chapter 3 The Uncertainty Principle in Optics
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Multiple-Prism Dispersion and Linewidth Narrowing 3.1 The Mechanics of Linewidth Narrowing in Optically-Pumped
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"...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