• Walter Koechner
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 1)


In this introductory chapter we shall outline the basic ideas underlying the operation of solid-state lasers. Assuming familiarity with laser physics [1.1] we shall sketch some of the principles governing the interaction of radiation with matter.


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  1. 1.1
    From the extensive literature on laser physics, we shall mention only a few recent textbooks: K. Shimoda Introduction to Laser Physics, 2nd. ed., Springer Ser. Opt. Sci., Vol. 44 ( Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1986 )Google Scholar
  2. A.E. Siegman: Lasers (University Science Books, Mill Valley, Calif. 1986 )Google Scholar
  3. 1.2
    M. Garbuny: Optical Physics ( Academic, New York 1965 )MATHGoogle Scholar
  4. 1.3
    H. Haken: Laser Theory (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1984 )Google Scholar
  5. 1.4
    I.I. Sobelman: Atomic Spectra and Radiative Transistions, Springer Ser. Chem. Phys., Vol.1 (Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1979 )Google Scholar
  6. I.I. Sobelman, L.A. Vainshtein, E.A. Yukov: Excitation of Atoms and Broadening of Spectral Lines, Springer Ser. Chem. Phys., Vol. 7 ( Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg 1981 )Google Scholar
  7. 1.5
    H. Statz, G.A. de Mars: In Quantum Electronics, ed. by C.H. Townes (Columbia Univ. Press, New York 1960 ) pp. 530–537Google Scholar
  8. 1.6
    E.L. Steele: Optical Lasers in Electronics ( Wiley, New York 1968 )Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Koechner
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  1. 1.Fibertek, Inc.HerndornUSA

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