Properties of Laser Radiation

  • Axel DongesEmail author
  • Reinhard Noll
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 188)


At first, we summarize the properties of a transverse electromagnetic wave. This is followed by the discussion of the diffraction of light. We present the concept of coherence—temporal and spatial—and compare laser radiation with thermal light. After that, we treat the Gaussian beam and the higher transverse modes. An overview of typical laser parameters is given. Finally, we deal with the dangers of laser radiation.


Laser Radiation Gaussian Beam Plane Harmonic Wave Fraunhofer Diffraction Beat Period 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.nta Hochschule Isny—University of Applied SciencesIsnyGermany
  2. 2.Fraunhofer-Institut für LasertechnikAachenGermany

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