High brightness metal vapor lasers have become the most bright and powerful in the visible spectral range among all existing laser types, resulting in numerous applications ranging from purely fundamental research to practical application in large-scale commercial problems such as isotope selection. This book presents a full series of fundamental problems on the development of physical fundamentals and mathematical models for practical realization of a high-power laser radiation on self-contained transitions in metal atoms. It is the first fundamental review on physics and the technique of high-brightness metal vapor lasers.
Introduction. The devices and methods of creating metal vapors. Excitation schemes and its effect on the characteristics of the generation of self-heating copper vapor lasers. Excitation blocks of lasers on self-terminating transitions of metal atoms. Repetitively pulsed lasers on self-terminating transitions of metal atoms. The results of analytical studies on laser self-terminating transitions of metal atoms. Numerical studies of pulsed metal vapor lasers. Numerical simulation of pulsed-periodic MVL considering the inhomogeneous distribution of the plasma parameters (heterogeneity level) cross section GDT. Modeling of copper vapor lasers. Lasers with a modified kinetics (kinetically enhanced lasers).