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Laser Beam Propagation

Generation and Propagation of Customized Light, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrew Forbes

CRC Press

364 pages

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How do laser beams propagate? Innovative discoveries involving laser beams and their propagation properties are at the heart of Laser Beam Propagation: Generation and Propagation of Customized Light. This book captures the essence of laser beam propagation. Divided into three parts, it explores the fundamentals of how laser beams propagate, and pro

Table of Contents

SECTION I BACK TO BASICS. Optical Waves. From Classical to Quantum Optics. Time Domain Laser Beam Propagation. SECTION II GENERATION AND CHARACTERIZATION OF LASER BEAMS. Spatial Laser Beam Characterization. Characterization of Time Domain Pulses. Generation of Laser Beams by Digital Holograms. SECTION III NOVEL LASER BEAMS. Flat-Top Beams. Helmholtz-Gauss Beams. Vector Beams. Low-Coherence Laser Beams. The Orbital Angular Momentum of Light. Miles Padgett and Reuben Aspden. Index.

About the Editor

Andrew Forbes, PhD, has spent several years working as an applied laser physicist, first for the South African Atomic Energy Corporation and then later in a private laser company. He is currently chief researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre in South Africa and is the research group leader for mathematical optics. Andrew sits on several international conference committees, chairs the SPIE (Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) international conference on laser beam shaping and the OSA's (Optical Society of America) Diffractive Optics and Holography technical group. He holds honorary professorships at the University of Stellenbosch and the University of Kwazulu-Natal.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MAT003000
MATHEMATICS / Applied
SCI055000
SCIENCE / Physics
TEC019000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Lasers & Photonics