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High-Energy Molecular Lasers

Self-Controlled Volume-Discharge Lasers and Applications

  • Describes how to design high-power molecular lasers

  • Presents ways to control laser efficiency and laser beam quality

  • Covers many patented new applications of self-controlled volume-discharge lasers


Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 201)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. High Energy Pulsed CO2 Lasers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. V. V. Apollonov
      Pages 83-85

About this book


This book displays the physics and design of high-power molecular lasers. The lasers described are self-controlled volume-discharge lasers. The book explains self-sustained discharge lasers, self-initiated discharge lasers and technical approaches to laser design. Important topics discussed are laser efficiency, laser beam quality and electric field homogeneity. The book contains many new innovative applications.


Electric Field Homogeneity High-power Molecular Rasers Laser Beam Quality Laser Efficiency Self-controlled Volume-discharge Lasers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.High-Power Lasers Dept.General Physics Institute of the Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

About the authors

Prof. Victor Victorovich Apollonov is a doctor of physics and mathematics, professor, academician of RANS and AES and laureate of State prize of USSR (1982) and Russia (2002). He is the leading specialist in the area of basic principles of creation and development of high power/energy laser systems and high power/energy laser radiation interaction with matter. He has made an outstanding input into creation and development of new branches of science - physical and technical fundamentals of high power laser optics and adaptive optics, investigation of physical processes in a high volume self-controlled volume discharges, creation of high power/energy continuous wave, pulsed and high repetition rate pulse-periodic laser systems, high intensity laser radiation interaction with matter, high power/energy laser application for an effective protection of valuable objects and water surface cleaning from oil films, medical applications for UV lasers. Recent results of his investigations related to the laser diode arrays phase-locking, mechanisms of shock waves merging for a rockets launch by high repetition rate pulse-periodic laser light, super long conductive channel based on dust plasma by mechanism of ablation, high repetition rate optical pulsating discharge applications, space debris elimination by laser, scalable mono-module disk laser are under very intensive implementation in our country and abroad. He is the author of more than 1700 publications, books, presentations and patents.(see the Research Gate).
Apollonov V.V. is a high profile scientist and well known around all over the world, for more than 45 years of his international scientific activity, he has participated and organized more than 60 international conferences, symposiums and workshops, prepared 32 candidates and doctors of physics and mathematics. For the last 5 years his scientific group has fulfilled more than 60 R and D contracts with customers from Japan, UK, Germany, France, China, Korea, Singapore and USA. He is the General Director of “Energomashtechnika” Ltd.
Apollonov V.V. is the member of European and American Physical Society, SPIE, AIAA, American Society for QE and the member of specialized scientific council of Russia. He is a full member of Russian Academy of Natural Science and Academy of Engineering Sciences, laureate of State Prize of USSR (1982) and of Russia (2002).

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“This research exposition on high-energy molecular lasers incorporates author V.V. Apollonov’s 30-plus-year collaboration with Nobel Prize winner A.M. Prokhorov. A broad readership could benefit from this book, including graduate students and scientists involved with applied gas-laser and molecular-laser research. … This well-written reference should also attract material scientists, based on the effective use of high-energy molecular lasers in material processing.” (Axel Mainzer Koenig, Optics & Photonics News,, February, 2017)