Lasers

Fundamentals and Applications

  • K. Thyagarajan
  • Ajoy Ghatak
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Fundamentals of Lasers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. K. Thyagarajan, Ajoy Ghatak
      Pages 3-8
    3. K. Thyagarajan, Ajoy Ghatak
      Pages 9-32
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      Pages 33-61
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      Pages 63-96
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      Pages 97-120
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      Pages 323-362
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      Pages 363-385
  3. Some Important Applications of Lasers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 387-387
    2. K. Thyagarajan, Ajoy Ghatak
      Pages 389-402
    3. K. Thyagarajan, Ajoy Ghatak
      Pages 403-415
    4. K. Thyagarajan, Ajoy Ghatak
      Pages 417-443

About this book

Introduction

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

optical resonators

properties of laser beams

fiber lasers

semiconductor lasers

applications of lsers to science and industry

laser induced fusion

Keywords

Dirac notation Einstein coefficients and light amplification Optical resonators Pulsed operation of lasers Semiclassical theory of the laser laser applications lasers in science optical resonators properties of laser beams

Authors and affiliations

  • K. Thyagarajan
    • 1
  • Ajoy Ghatak
    • 2
  1. 1.Head, Dept. PhysicsIndian Institute TechnologyNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2., Department of PhysicsIndian Institute of TechnologyNew DelhiIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6442-7
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4419-6441-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4419-6442-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4513
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-4521
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