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Introduction to Laser Science and Engineering

1st Edition

By Travis S. Taylor

CRC Press

300 pages | 192 Color Illus. | 33 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781138036390
pub: 2019-08-20
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Introduction to Laser Science and Engineering provides a modern resourcefora first course in lasers for both students and professionals. Starting from simple descriptions, this text builds upon them to give a detailed modern physical understanding of the concepts behind light, optical beams and lasers. The coverage starts with the nature of light and the principles of photon absorption and transmission, leading to the amplified and stimulated emission principals governing lasers. The specifics of lasers and their application, safe use and future prospects are then covered, with a wealth of illustrations to provide readers with a visual sense of optical and laser principles.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables


Author Biography


1. What is Light?

1.1 The Classical Description of Light

1.2 The Mathematical Era Begins

1.3 Chapter Summary

1.4 Questions and Problems

2. What is Amplification?

2.1 Amplifier Basics

2.2 Multiple Amplifiers

2.3 Chapter Summary

2.4 Questions and Problems

3. What is the Stimulated Emission of Radiation?

3.1 The Bohr Model of the Atom

3.2 Absorption, Stimulated Emission, and Spontaneous Emission

3.3 A More Realistic Model

3.4 Chapter Summary

3.5 Questions and Problems

4. What are lasers?

4.1 Laser Basics

4.2 The Rate Equation

4.3 The Cavity

4.4 Chapter Summary

4.5 Questions and Problems

5. What are Some Types of Lasers?

5.1 Solid-State Lasers

5.2 Dye Lasers

5.3 Semiconductor Lasers

5.4 Gas Lasers

5.5 Chemical Lasers

5.6 Metal Vapor Lasers

5.7 Ion Lasers

5.8 More Exotic Lasers

5.9 Chapter Summary

5.10 Questions and Problems

6. How do we describe lasers?

6.1 Continuous Wave or Pulsed

6.2 Laser Modes

6.3 Spectral Content

6.4 Collimation, Divergence, Beam Expansion, and Beam Reduction

6.5 Output Energy, Power, Irradiance, and Beam Quality

6.6 Efficiency

6.7 Chapter Summary

6.8 Questions and Problems

7. How do we use lasers safely?

7.1 The Laser Safety Basics

7.2 Types of Injuries Possible from Laser Beams

7.3 Other Safety Considerations with Laser Systems

7.4 Practical Safety Considerations

7.5 Chapter Summary

7.6 Questions and Problems

8. What are Some Laser Applications?

8.1 Lasers used in Experiments

8.2 Lasers in the Field

8.3 High Energy Lasers

8.4 Some Other Applications

8.5 Chapter Summary

8.6 Questions and Problems

Suggested Reading for Laser Scientists and Engineers


About the Author

Travis S. Taylor ("Doc" Taylor to his friends) has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a doctorate in Aerospace Systems Engineering, a master’s degree in Physics, and a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Added to this is a master’s degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney (Australia) and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University (Alabama). Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past two decades. He is currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, next generation space launch concepts, directed energy weapons, nanosatellites, and low cost launch vehicle concepts for the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command. Dr. Taylor was one of the principal investigators of the U.S. Army’s: 100 Joule Tunable Laser program, narrow linewidth dye laser research program, multi-wavelength oscillator-amplifier experiment, ruggedized flashlamp pumped dye laser experiment, and of the Solid-State Laser Testbed Experiment. He is currently researching high brightness quantum entanglement sources for space communications.

In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, and has raced mountain bikes. He has also competed in triathlons, is a marathon runner, a CrossFitter, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He has written about two dozen science fiction novels, three textbooks (including this one), and over a dozen refereed technical papers. Dr. Taylor has appeared and starred in several television programs including the History Channel’s The Universe, Life After People, Ancient Aliens, The Curse of Oak Island, and Rise of the Superbombs, National Geographic Channel’s hit shows Rocket City Rednecks and When Aliens Attack, Science Channel’s NASA’s Unexplained Files, and The Weather Channel’s 3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar. He currently lives with his wife and two children in north Alabama just outside of Huntsville in view of the Saturn V rocket that is erected at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.

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