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Laser Technology

2nd Edition

By Lan Xinju

CRC Press

431 pages | 327 B/W Illus.

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As different laser technologies continue to make it possible to change laser parameters and improve beam quality and performance, a multidisciplinary theoretical knowledge and grasp of cutting-edge technological developments also become increasingly important. The revised and updated Laser Technology, Second Edition reviews the principles and basic physical laws of lasers needed to learn from past developments and solve the many technical problems arising in this challenging field.

The first edition of Laser Technology was classified by the Chinese National Education Committee as a "national-level key textbook." This updated second edition logically presents the various types of laser technology currently available and discusses the transmission of information using optical waves with modulating technology. It assesses how to enhance beam energy or power through Q switching, mode-locking, and amplification, and it illustrates how mode selection and frequency stabilizing technology can improve light beam directionality or monochromaticity. The text also covers nonlinear optical techniques for obtaining new frequencies and light waves.

Features Self-Contained, Independent Chapters for Flexible Use

The author presents the fundamentals of physical effects in technical devices and implementation methods to create a clear and systematic understanding of the physical processes of different laser technologies.

Technical improvements to enhance laser performance in different applications have given rise to new physical phenomena. These have resulted in a series of new laser branches and fields of applied technologies, such as laser physics, nonlinear optics, laser spectroscopy, laser medicine, and information optoelectronic technology. This book analyzes this growth, stressing basic principles but also including key technical methods and examples where needed to properly combine practical and theoretical coverage of this distinct area.

Table of Contents

Laser Modulation and Deflection Technology

The basic concept of modulation

The electro-optic modulation

Acousto-optic modulation

Magneto-optic modulation

The direct modulation

The spatial light modulator

The Q Modulating (Q-switching) Technology


The basic theory of Q modulating lasers

Electro-optic Q modulation

Problems for consideration in designing electro-optic Q modulating lasers

Acousto-optic Q modulation

The passive saturable absorption Q modulation

A brief introduction to rotating mirror Q modulation

Ultrashort Pulse Technology


Active mode-locking

Passive mode-locking

The Synchronously pumped mode-locking


The selection of single pulses and ultrashort pulse measuring technique

Some typical mode-locked lasers

The Laser Amplifying Technology

An overview

The theory of the pulse amplifier

The steady-state theory of long pulsed laser amplification

Problems for consideration in designing a laser amplifier

The regenerative amplifying technology

The semiconductor laser amplifier

The rare earth element-doped fiber amplifier

The distributed fiber amplifier

The Mode Selecting Technology


The transverse mode selecting technology

The longitudinal mode selecting technology

Methods of mode measurement

The Frequency Stabilizing Technology

An overview

Lamb dip frequency stabilization

The Zeeman effect frequency stabilization

Saturated absorption frequency stabilization (anti-Lamb dip frequency stabilization)

Other frequency stabilizing lasers

Measurement of frequency stability and reproducibility

The Nonlinear Optical Technology


The laser frequency doubling (SHG) technology

Optical parametric oscillation technology

Stimulated Raman scattering

Optical phase conjugation

The Laser Transmission Technology

An overview of optical fibers

An analysis of the ray characteristics of optical fibers

The attenuation and dispersion characteristics of optical fibers

Polarization and birefringence of the single mode optical fiber

The nonlinear effect in the optical fiber—the optical fiber soliton

The optical fiber joining and coupling technology

Laser atmospheric and underwater transmission

About the Author

Lan Xinju is with the College of Optoelectronic Science and Engineering at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Optics