Laser-Beam Interactions with Materials

Physical Principles and Applications

  • Martin von Allmen

Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-X
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 201-232

About this book


Lasers, having proven useful in such diverse areas as high­ resolution spectroscopy and the guiding of ferryboats, are cur­ rently enjoying great popularity among materials scientists and engineers. As versatile sources of "pure" energy in a highly concentrated form, lasers have become attractive tools and re­ search instruments in metallurgy, semiconductor technology and engineering. This text treats, from a physicist's point of view, some of the processes that lasers can induce in materials. The field of laser-material interactions is inherently mul­ tidisciplinary. Upon impact of a laser beam on a material, electromagnetic energy is converted first into electronic exci­ tation and then into thermal, chemical and mechanical energy. In the whole process the molecular structure as well as the shape of the material are changed in various ways. Understand­ ing this sequence of events requires knowledge from several branches of physics. A unified presentation of the subject, for the benefit of the materials researcher as well as the advanced student, is attempted here. In order to keep the book reason­ ably trim, I have focused on laser effects in solids such as thin films and technological materials. Related topiCS not cov­ ered are laser-induced chemical reactions in gases and liquids and laser effects in organic or biological materials.


Absorption crystal glass kinetics laser optical properties phase transition segregation semiconductor spectroscopy thin films

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin von Allmen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhysikUniversität BernBernSchweiz

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-97009-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-97007-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0933-033X
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-2812
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