Principles of Lasers

  • Orazio Svelto
  • David C. Hanna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 1-13
  3. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 15-79
  4. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 81-105
  5. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 107-144
  6. Orazio Svelto
    Pages 145-200
  7. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 201-267
  8. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 269-295
  9. Orazio Svelto
    Pages 297-333
  10. Orazio Svelto, David C. Hanna
    Pages 335-358
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 359-374

About this book


This second edition, appearing about twenty years after the discovery of the laser is a substantially revised version of the first edition. It is, like the first, aimed at both classroom teaching and self-study by technical personnel interested in learning the principles of laser operation. In preparing the second edition the hope has been that both these aims will be better served as a result of the various improvements made. The main changes have been made with the following aims in mind: (i) To update the book. Thus new topics have been added (in particular on various new types of lasers, e. g. , rare-gas-halide excimer lasers, color-center lasers, and free-electron lasers), while on the other hand some topics have been given less emphasis (again this applies particularly to some types of lasers, e. g. , the ruby laser). Updating is especially important in the area of laser applications, and the chapter on this topic has therefore been com­ pletely rewritten. (ii) To make some improvements to the logical consis­ tency of the book by rearranging material and adding new material. Thus a few topics have been moved from one section to another and a new chapter entitled Laser Beam Transformation has been added. (iii) To further reduce the mathematical content, placing greater emphasis on physical descrip­ tions of phenomena.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Orazio Svelto
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic Institute of MilanMilanItaly

Editors and affiliations

  • David C. Hanna
    • 1
  1. 1.Southampton UniversitySouthamptonEngland

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