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100+ hands-on laser projects. If you're fascinated by the boundless potential of laser beams, grab a copy of Gordon McComb's Lasers, Ray Guns, and Light Cannons. He takes you step-by-step through 100 build-your-own laser projects—from ray guns and laser light shows to night scopes and laser pointers. You get hands-on help with projects for laser lasers...laser power supplies...fiberoptics...and more. Armed with plain-language instructions and a complete, up-to-date list of discount laser-parts suppliers, you'll find it easier than you ever imagined to build your own: Laser pistols; Laser cannon and gatling gun; Ultra-private communicator; Laser-based eavesdropping device; Laser tachometer; Perimeter burglar alarm; Hologram generator; Low-noise amplifier; Laser-illuminated night scope; Much, much more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070450356
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/1/1997
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction to lasers 1
2 Working with lasers 19
3 Introduction to optics 29
4 Experimenting with light and optics 49
5 All about helium-neon lasers 59
6 Build a He-Ne laser 77
7 Constructing an optical bench 91
8 Laser optics experiments 113
9 Build a Michelson interferometer 135
10 Introduction to semiconductor lasers 157
11 Laser power supplies 169
12 Build an experimenter's power supply 181
13 Free-air laser light communications 187
14 Advanced projects in laser communication 201
15 Lasers and fiberoptics 209
16 Experiments in laser seismology 223
17 Beginning holography 231
18 Advanced holography 253
19 Basic laser light shows 269
20 Advanced laser light shows 291
21 Building laser "ray guns" and light cannons 313
22 More laser projects! 331
23 Tools and supplies for laser experimentation 343
24 Buying laser parts 361
25 Controlling laser beams with your computer! 367
A Sources 379
B Further reading 393
Glossary 397
Index 409
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2001

    This book makes it easy!

    I was sceptical about this book from it's cover. But the old saying is very true! never judge a book by it's cover. Gordon Mcomb writes a very entertaining but yet informal book that tells a little history behind the laser and shows the reader step-by-step how to make your own Laser, workbench, and other things that are very interesting to learn about. When I first started reading this book I was a little lost with the exsplanation of nano-meters and wave-lengths, but the more I read the more I understood what he was talking about. If you like fiddling with things and like to see what makes them tic, This book will keep you bussy for hours. It is a great way to get started in the field of lasers. This book covers and exsplains, Lasers, how to work with lasers,experimenting with light and to build a Helium-Neon laser,construckting a optical bench, introduction to semiconductor lasers,laser power supplies,and Holography. along with tips, tricks and exsperiments that will keep you bussy for hours. this book covers everything a beginner needs to know about lasers. Have a great read!

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