**Laser Fundamentals**

2^{nd} edition

By

William T. Silfvast

**Publisher **: Cambridge University Press

**ISBN **: 9780521138475

**Acc. No.:** 73492 **Call No.:** 621.366 S581

**Book Description:** Cambridge University Press, 2008. Paperback. Book Condition: New (illustrator). 2nd edition. . A well-known introduction to the physical and engineering principles of laser operation and design for graduates and researchers who specialize in lasers, this second edition includes much new material, especially in the areas of solid-state lasers, semiconductor lasers, and laser cavities. Throughout the text, this book uses simple explanations on key concepts, to lead the reader from the basics of laser action to advanced topics in laser physics and engineering. The new edition contains a new chapter on laser operation above threshold, including extensive discussion of laser amplifiers. Thorough explanations, worked examples, and many homework problems make this book essential reading for undergraduates and first-year graduates in science and engineering taking courses on lasers. Researchers will find summaries of key types of lasers, the use of many unique theoretical descriptions, and the extensive bibliography a valuable source of reference for their careers. Contents Preface to the first edition Preface to the second edition Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Part I. Fundamental Wave Properties of Light: 2. Wave nature of light – the interacting of light with materials Part II. Fundamental Quantum Properties of Light: 3. The particle nature of light – discrete energy levels 4. Radiative transitions and emission linewidth 5. Energy levels and radiative properties of molecules, liquids and solids 6. Radiation and thermal equilibrium – absorption and stimulated emission Part III. Laser Amplifiers: 7. Conditions for producing a laser – population inversions, gain, and gain saturation 8. Laser oscillation above threshold 9. Requirements for obtaining population inversions 10. Laser pumping requirements and techniques Part IV. Laser Resonators: 11. Laser cavity modes 12. Stable laser resonators and Gaussian beams 13. Special laser cavities and cavity effects Part V. Specific Laser Systems: 14. Laser systems involving low-density gain media 15. Laser systems involving high-density gain media Part VI. Frequency Multiplication of Laser Beams: 16. Frequency multiplication of lasers and other non linear optical effects