Lasers: Fundamentals and Applications, serves as a vital textbook to accompany undergraduate and graduate courses on lasers and their applications. Ever since their invention in 1960, lasers have assumed tremendous importance in the fields of science, engineering and technology because of their diverse uses in basic research and countless technological applications. This book provides a coherent presentation of the basic physics behind the way lasers work, and presents some of their most important applications in vivid detail.
After reading this book, students will understand how to apply the concepts found within to practical, tangible situations. This textbook includes worked-out examples and exercises to enhance understanding, and the preface shows lecturers how to most beneficially match the textbook with their course curricula. The book includes several recent Nobel Lectures, which will further expose students to the emerging applications and excitement of working with lasers.
Students who study lasers, laser applications, and optics and lasers will find this book to be an invaluable contribution to their understanding of the subject.
Topics included and discussed in detail include:
laser rate equations
semiclassical theory of lasers
properties of laser beams
applications of lsers to science and industry
laser induced fusion
The new edition features fully rewritten chapters on: Laser Rate Equations; Properties of Laser Beams and Types of Lasers and all-new problem sets have been added to enhance learningLasers are introduced from first principles through recent developments and emerging applicationsThe book concludes with Nobel lectures, which will expose the reader to the excitement of working with lasers