Laser Physics / Edition 2

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Overview

This text/reference explains the operating principles and applications of lasers, including central background material not often provided at this level. Exposition incorporates many intuitive explanations and practical examples. Introduces basic principles, including the necessary classical and quantum physics, and provides concise discussions of specific lasers, laser resonators, and numerous applications, including nonlinear optics. Discussions are self-contained and in a style that should appeal to physicists, chemists, and engineers.
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Text/reference introduces the basic ideas of chaotic dynamics, with emphasis on phenomena associated with laser light applications. Researchers and advanced students of atomic and molecular physics, quantum optics, laser physics, and other areas of physics will find this a clear and thorough treatment of an emerging field. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470387719
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/29/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 844
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

PETER W. MILONNI is currently Laboratory Fellow and Laboratory Associate in the Complex Systems Group of the Theoretical Division, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Research Professor of Physics at the University of Rochester. Dr. Milonni is the author or coauthor of several books and has published research and review papers on both pure and applied physics. He has served for many years on a number of editorial boards, and was the recipient of the Max Born Award of the Optical Society of America in 2008. His research interests are in the areas of quantum optics and electrodynamics, especially in connection with the quantum and fluctuation properties of electromagnetic radiation and its interaction with matter.

JOSEPH H. EBERLY is currently Andrew Carnegie Professor Physics and Professor of Optics at the University of Rochester. A past president of the Optical Society of America, he has contributed to the research literature on theoretical quantum optics and laser physics, with interests in multipulse propogation, high-field atomic physics, quantum entanglement, cavity QED, and relaxation dynamics. Dr. Eberly received the Smoluchowski Medal of the Physical Society of Poland in 1987 and the Charles Hard Townes Award of the Optical Society of America in 1994. He is the coauthor of two books and coeditor of several conference proceedings. He is the founding editor of Optics Express and has served on a number of editorial and advisory boards.

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Table of Contents

Useful Tables.
Introduction to Laser Operation.
Classical Dispersion Theory.
Classical Theory of Absorption.
Atoms, Molecules, and Solids.
The Schrodinger Equation.
The Time-Dependent Schrodinger Equation.
Emission and Absorption and Rate Equations.
Semiclassical Radiation Theory.
Wave-Particle Duality of Light.
Laser Oscillation: Gain and Threshold.
Laser Oscillation: Power and Frequency.
Multimode and Transient Oscillation.
Specific Lasers and Pumping Mechanisms.
Laser Resonators.
Optical Coherence and Lasers.
Some Laser Applications.
Introduction to Nonlinear Optics.
Nonlinear Optics: Higher-Order Processes.
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