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In this chapter we will discuss the general principles of lasers. Since we mainly consider spectroscopic aspects in this book, we will focus on tunable lasers for laser spectroscopy in the frequency (wavelength) domain and short-pulse lasers for spectroscopy in the time domain. Short-pulse lasers are also required for the generation of ultra-intense laser pulses, the use of which has opened up a new field of spectroscopy: ultra-intense laser/matter interaction. In addition to the many types of spectroscopically interesting lasers, we will also cover a number of the fixed-frequency lasers that are used to pump them. For more detailed accounts of the field of laser physics, frequently also referred to as quantum electronics, we refer the reader to standard textbooks [8.18.13].

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Stimulate Raman Scattering Saturable Absorber Population Inversion Tunable Laser Stimulate Brillouin Scattering 
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