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Introductory Concepts

  • Orazio Svelto
Chapter

Abstract

In this introductory chapter, the fundamental processes and the main ideas behind laser operation are introduced in a very simple way. The properties of laser beams are also briefly discussed. The main purpose of this chapter is thus to introduce the reader to many of the concepts that will be discussed later on, in the book, and therefore help the reader to appreciate the logical organization of the book.

Keywords

Spontaneous Emission Population Inversion Lower Laser Level Spatial Coherence Temporal Coherence 
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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Orazio Svelto
    • 1
  1. 1.Dipto. FisicaPolitecnico di MilanoMilanoItaly

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