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By William T. Silfvast

Laser basics offers a transparent, updated, and finished advent to the actual and engineering ideas of laser operation and layout. uncomplicated causes, established all through on key underlying techniques, lead from the fundamentals of laser motion to complex themes in laser physics and engineering. the writer discusses the ideas of amplification, gain-bandwidth, and broadening intimately, in addition to subject matters corresponding to Q-switching, mode-locking, and waveguide lasers. the writer supplies descriptions of the twenty commonest different types of laser towards the tip of the ebook, and he concludes with a bankruptcy dedicated to frequency multiplication. Containing labored examples and plenty of homework difficulties, the ebook can be useful to undergraduate and primary 12 months graduate physics and electric engineering scholars taking classes on lasers. The summaries of key different types of lasers and large references also will make it an invaluable reference quantity.

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