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Laser Physics

From Principles to Practical Work in the Lab

  • Presents laser physics in a format suitable to learn the fundamentals and to understand how to use or even build lasers

  • Supplies students with chapter-end exercise that test and reinforce comprehension of key concepts

  • Written for students in physics, chemistry and engineering

  • Covers fiber lasers, including the thin disk lasers, major laser devices for the future


Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Marc Eichhorn
    Pages 23-47
  3. Marc Eichhorn
    Pages 49-74
  4. Marc Eichhorn
    Pages 75-103
  5. Marc Eichhorn
    Pages 105-166
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-171

About this book


This textbook originates from a lecture course in laser physics at the Karlsruhe School of Optics and Photonics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). A main goal in the conception of this textbook was to describe the fundamentals of lasers in a uniform and especially lab-oriented notation and formulation as well as many currently well-known laser types, becoming more and more important in the future. It closes a gap between the measureable spectroscopic quantities and the whole theoretical description and modeling. This textbook contains not only the fundamentals and the context of laser physics in a mathematical and methodical approach important for university-level studies. It allows simultaneously, owing to its conception and its modern notation, to directly implement and use the learned matter in the practical lab work. It is presented in a format suitable for everybody who wants not only to understand the fundamentals of lasers but also use modern lasers or even develop and make laser setups. This book tries to limit prerequisite knowledge and fundamental understanding to a minimum and is intended for students in physics, chemistry and mathematics after a bachelor degree, with the intention to create as much joy and interest as seen among the participants of the corresponding lectures.
This university textbook describes in its first three chapters the fundamentals of lasers: light-matter interaction, the amplifying laser medium and the laser resonator. In the fourth chapter, pulse generation and related techniques are presented. The fifth chapter gives a closing overview on different laser types gaining importance currently and in the future. It also contains a set of examples on which the theory learned in the first four chapters is applied and extended.


Fundamentals of Lasers Generation of Short and Ultra-short Pulses Laser Applications Laser Physics Textbook Laser Resonators Laser Systems Optical Resonators Pulsed Lasers Quantum-mechanical Fundamentals of Lasers Thin Disk Lasers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.French-German Research Institute Saint-LouisSaint-LouisFrance

About the authors

Born in 1979 in Mannheim, Germany, Marc Eichhorn studied Physics at the Ruprecht-Karls University Heidelberg, Germany, from 1999 to 2003 (when he received his Diploma degree). In 2005 he achieved the Dr. rer. nat. degree at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany and became a Lecturer of Laser Physics at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Karlsruhe, Germany, in 2008. He habilitated in experimental physics at the University of Hamburg, Germany, in 2009. Marc Eichhorn has been a Lecturer for laser metrology at the KIT, Karlsruhe, Germany, since 2012.

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“It originates from a laser physics lecture that has been given for a number of years, and that intends to be lab-oriented for university-level students of physics, chemistry and mathematics. … The scope of the book is also reflected in the breadth of 170 pages. The designated audience are post-bachelor students who want to understand, intend to use, and possibly work on modern laser systems, and the book should be beneficial in this regard.” (Manuel Vogel, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 57 (4), 2016)