Masers and Lasers: An Historical Approach examines the progress of research and practical use of lasers chronologically, covering the fundamental science in detail alongside fascinating biographical sketches of famous physicists and summaries of seminal papers. It supplies helpful drawings of prototype devices, conceptual diagrams to aid in underst
Introduction. Stimulated Emission: Could the Laser have been Built More than 80 Years Ago? Intermezzo: Magnetic Resonance and Optical Pumping. The Maser. The Laser. The First Lasers. Laser Properties and Progresses in Novel Lasers. Nonlinear Optics. More Exotic Lasers. The Statistical Properties of Light.