Lasers: The Technology and Uses of Crafted Light

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Extensively revised since the publication of its previous edition more than a decade ago, this new edition of Lasers features updated information on many topics, including the benefits and dangers of laser light, the differences between ordinary and laser light, the limitations of laser light, and the expanding application of lasers in medicine, industry, research, the military, and communication. It also includes an extensive index, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of current print sources for further ...
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Overview

Extensively revised since the publication of its previous edition more than a decade ago, this new edition of Lasers features updated information on many topics, including the benefits and dangers of laser light, the differences between ordinary and laser light, the limitations of laser light, and the expanding application of lasers in medicine, industry, research, the military, and communication. It also includes an extensive index, a glossary of terms, a bibliography of current print sources for further research, and a helpful appendix of Internet resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816047840
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Science and Technology in Focus Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 6 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     XI
Introduction     XIII
The Nature of Light     1
The Wave Nature of Light     4
The Particle Nature of Light     11
The Nature of Laser Light     17
Monochromatic Light     19
Coherence     20
The Concept of Laser Power and Efficiency     26
Creating Laser Light     30
Stimulated Emission     31
The Laser Beam     34
The Ruby Laser     37
The Early History of Lasers     42
Who Inuented the Laser?     45
A Great Variety of Lasers     50
Lasers and Medicine     56
Matching the Laser to the Medical Application     57
Cutting Flesh     61
Eye Surgery     63
Tattoo Remoual     68
Lasers in Industry     70
Matching the Laser to the Industrial Application     71
Cutting Metal and Drilling Diamonds     75
Cutting Cloth     78
Laser Welding     80
Lasers in Communication     83
Bell's Great Inuention     85
Modulating the Laser     88
Fiber Optics     92
Reading and Writing with Lasers     96
UPCs     97
CDs and DUDs     101
Laser Printers     105
Lasers as Measurement Deuices     108
Lasers as Surueying Tools     111
Lasers in Earth Science     114
Lasers in Astronomy     118
Holography, Art, and Science in Three Dimensions     123
More on the Nature of Light     124
Creating a Hologram     127
Properties of Holograms     132
Illuminating the Invisible     136
Optical Microscopes and Lasers     138
Spectrometers     140
Prefixes     145
Glossary     147
Further Reading     151
World Wide Web Sites     153
Index     155
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