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Basics of Laser Physics

For Students of Science and Engineering

  • Comprehensive textbook dealing with all kinds of lasers and related topics

  • Uniquely integrates the principles to generate laser beam in gaseous, solid and semiconductor lasers materials

  • Provides a basic introduction to the principles and the realization of lasers

  • Includes problems and solutions and over 400 illustrations

  • Students benefit from the problems and solutions for learning with this textbook


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

Table of contents

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

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 3-15
    3. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 17-41
    4. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 43-54
    5. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 75-80
  3. Theoretical Basis of the Laser

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 95-115
    3. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 117-134
    4. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 135-170
  4. Operation of a Laser

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 173-185
    3. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 187-224
    4. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 225-234
    5. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 235-255
  5. Types of Lasers (Except Semiconductor Lasers)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 259-277
    3. Karl F. Renk
      Pages 279-295

About this book


Basics of Laser Physics provides an introductory presentation of the field 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 and, furthermore, with a few laser related topics. The different subjects are connected to each other by the central principle of the laser, namely, that it is a self-oscillating system. Special emphasis is put on a uniform treatment of gas and solid-state lasers, on the one hand, and semiconductor lasers, on the other hand. The discussions and the treatment of equations are presented in a way that a reader can immediately follow. The book addresses undergraduate and graduate students of science and engineering. Not only should it enable instructors to prepare their lectures, but it can be helpful to students for preparing for an examination.


Applied optics Bloch laser Gas lasers Laser oscillators Laser-matter interaction Optics and nonlinear optics Organic lasers Photonics and lasers Semiconductor heterostructure lasers Solid state lasers Textbook on laser physics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Angewandte PhysikUniv. RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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