The Laser

  • Hermann Haken
  • Hans Christoph Wolf


The laser has become a light source without which modern spectroscopy could not exist (see also Chap. 22). In addition, the processes which lead to emission of laser hght are a beautiful example of the apphcation of basic knowledge about interactions between light and atoms. For both reasons we shah treat the laser in detail here.


Standing Wave Spontaneous Emission Wave Train Photon Number Occupation Number 
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  1. H. Haken: Laser Theory (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, New York, Tokyo 1984); Licht und Materie II, Laser (Bibhographisches Institut, Mannheim 1981)Google Scholar
  2. D.C. O’Shea, W. R. Callen, W. T. Rhodes: Introduction to Lasers and Their Applications (Addison-Wesley, Reading 1978)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Haken
    • 1
  • Hans Christoph Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany
  2. 2.Physikalisches InstitutUniversität StuttgartStuttgart 80Fed. Rep. of Germany

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