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Tunable Laser Applications

3rd Edition

Edited by F.J. Duarte

CRC Press

14 pages | 10 Color Illus. | 149 B/W Illus.

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Broadly tunable lasers continue to have a tremendous impact in many and diverse fields of science and technology. From a renaissance in laser spectroscopy to Bose–Einstein condensation, the one nexus is the tunable laser.

Tunable Laser Applications describes the physics and architectures of widely applied tunable laser sources. Fully updated and expanded to address important advances in the science and technology, this Third Edition:

  • Contains new chapters on tunable laser microscopy and tunable laser atomic vapor laser isotope separation
  • Offers extended coverage of optical parametric oscillators and their application to atmospheric sensing, biomedicine, defense counter measures, microscopy, and spectroscopy
  • Discusses exciting new applications in astronomy, defense R&D, medicine, and more

Featuring fresh contributions from internationally recognized experts—including 100+ new pages and extensive reference listings—Tunable Laser Applications, Third Edition provides a timely account of the most promising tunable laser applications to date.


"… a comprehensive and detailed foray into tunable lasers and their applications. … a worthy addition to the bookshelf of the academic or student. I would buy it for chapter two alone."

—Tim Schmidt, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia

"… stimulating and could lead to self-improvement to Ph.D research scholars, technicians, and students working in the area of robust design of solid-state dye lasers and applications. … very useful."

—Dr. Alok K. Ray, Outstanding Scientist and Head, Tunable Laser Section, Laser and Plasma Technology Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, and Senior Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, India

"… an encyclopedic compilation … invaluable for researchers as a work of reference to get a survey of this dynamic field of research or, as the authors state, as a primer for those interested in getting acquainted with this topic."

—Andreas Fix, German Aerospace Center (DLR)

"The text is written in a clear manner, with each chapter containing references and beautiful illustrations. This book is recommended to anybody working in lasers and their applications in various areas of science."

Optics and Photonics News, September 2016

"Duarte, a research physicist with Interferometric Optics and an adjunct professor at the Univ. of New Mexico, is the principal editor and has published extensively in the area of lasers and applications. This updated edition consists of 14 chapters covering a variety of tunable laser systems, spanning organic dye, dye-doped polymer-nanoparticle lasers, semiconductor lasers, and fiber lasers. The first chapter gives a wide overview of tunable laser systems in terms of spectral range, short pulse emission durations, energetic characteristics, and broad application areas. Interspersed with the laser systems are chapters covering applications, such as medical applications, microscopy, imaging, isotope separation, and organic semiconductors. There are two new chapters on microscopy and isotope separation, and many other chapters have been updated. An attractive feature is the extensive bibliography that appears at the end of each chapter. The chapters are geared toward practicing optical scientists and engineers, doctoral students, and faculty in optics and applied physics. A solid background in laser physics is required. The book may have been more useful if an early chapter on the physics of tunable lasers had been included."

CHOICE, December 2016

Table of Contents


F. J. Duarte

Spectroscopic Applications of Tunable Optical Parametric Oscillators

Brian J. Orr, John G. Haub, Yabai He, and Richard T. White

Solid-State Organic Dye Lasers

Angel Costela, I. García-Moreno, and R. Sastre

Organic Dye-Doped Polymer-Nanoparticle Tunable Lasers

F. J. Duarte and R. O. James

Broadly Tunable External-Cavity Semiconductor Lasers

F. J. Duarte

Tunable Fiber Lasers

T. M. Shay and F. J. Duarte

Fiber Laser Overview and Medical Applications

S. Popov

Medical Applications of Organic Dye Lasers

A. Costela, I. García-Moreno, and C. Gómez

Tunable Laser Microscopy

F. J. Duarte

Interferometric Imaging

F. J. Duarte

Tunable Laser Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation

F. J. Duarte

Coherent Electrically Excited Organic Semiconductors

F. J. Duarte

Multiple-Prism Arrays and Multiple-Prism Beam Expanders: Laser Optics and Scientific Applications

F. J. Duarte

Optical Quantities and Conversions of Units

F. J. Duarte

About the Editor


F. J. Duarte is a research physicist with Interferometric Optics, Rochester, New York, USA, and an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico, USA. His career as a laser physicist encompasses academia, industry, and the defense establishment. He holds a Ph.D in physics from Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, where he was a student of the famed quantum physicist J. C. Ward. Dr. Duarte is the author of the generalized multiple-prism dispersion theory, has made unique contributions to the physics and architecture of tunable laser oscillators, and pioneered the use of Dirac’s quantum notation in interferometry, oscillator physics, and classical optics.

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