Basics of Laser Physics

For Students of Science and Engineering

  • Karl F. Renk

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. General Description of a Laser and an Example

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  3. Theoretical Basis of the Laser

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  4. Operation of a Laser

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  5. Types of Lasers (Except Semiconductor Lasers)

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About this book


This textbook provides an introductory presentation of all types of lasers. It contains a general description of the laser, a theoretical treatment and a characterization of its operation as it deals with gas, solid state, free-electron and semiconductor lasers. This expanded and updated second edition of the book presents a description of the dynamics of free-electron laser oscillation using a model introduced in the first edition that allows a reader to understand basic properties of a free-electron laser and makes the difference to “conventional” lasers. The discussions and the treatment of equations are presented in a way that a reader can immediately follow. The book addresses graduate and undergraduate students in science and engineering, featuring problems with solutions and over 400 illustrations.


Bloch laser Gas lasers Laser oscillators Laser-matter interaction Optics and nonlinear optics textbook lasers Organic lasers Photonics and lasers Semiconductor heterostructure lasers Solid state lasers Lasers in engineering Optics and lasers explained

Authors and affiliations

  • Karl F. Renk
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  1. 1.Institut für Angewandte PhysikUniversität RegensburgRegensburgGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50650-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50651-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1868-4513
  • Series Online ISSN 1868-4521
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