The invention of the laser was one of the towering achievements of the twentieth century. At the opening of the twenty-first century we are witnessing the burgeoning of the myriad technical innovations to which that invention has led. The Handbook of Laser Technology and Applications is a practical and long-lasting reference source for scientists and engineers who work with lasers. The Handbook provides, in a single work, a comprehensive guide to the current status of lasers and laser systems; it is accessible to science or engineering graduates needing no more than standard undergraduate knowledge of optics. Whilst being a self-contained reference work, the Handbook provides extensive references to contemporary work, and is a basis for studying the professional journal literature on the subject. It covers applications through detailed case studies, and is therefore well suited to readers who wish to use it to solve specific problems of their own.
The first of the three volumes comprises an introduction to the basic scientific principles of lasers, laser beams and non-linear optics. The second volume describes the mechanisms and operating characteristics of specific types of laser including crystalline solid - state lasers, semiconductor diode lasers, fibre lasers, gas lasers, chemical lasers, dye lasers and many others as well as detailing the optical and electronic components which tailor the laser's performance and beam delivery systems. The third volume is devoted to case studies of applications in a wide range of subjects including materials processing, optical measurement techniques, medicine, telecommunications, data storage, spectroscopy, earth sciences and astronomy, and plasma fusion research.
This vast compendium of knowledge on laser science and technology is the work of over 130 international experts, many of whom are recognised as the world leaders in their respective fields.. Whether the reader is engaged in the science, technology, industrial or medical applications of lasers or is researching the subject as a manager or investor in technical enterprises they cannot fail to be informed and enlightened by the wide range of information the Handbook supplies.
VOLUME 1: PRINCIPLES.
A/1 Basic laser principles.
A/2/1 Laser resonators.
A/2/2 Waveguide resonators.
A/3 Laser beam control.
A/4 Nonlinear optics.
A/5 Interferometry and Polarisation.
A/6 Waveguide theory.
A/7 Optical detection and noise.
A/8 Numerical Modeling.
VOLUME 2: LASER DESIGN AND LASER SYSTEMS.
B Laser Design, Fabrication and Properties.
B/1 Solid State Lasers.
B/1/1 Transition Metal Ion Lasers - Cr3+.
B/1/2 Transition Metal Ion Lasers Other Than Cr3+.
B/1/3 Rare Earth Ion Lasers - Nd3+.
B/1/4 Rare Earth Ion Lasers - Near Infrared.
B/1/5 Rare Earth Ions Lasers - Miscellaneous: Ce3+, U3+, divalent, etc.
B/1/6 Lasers Based on Nonlinear Effects.
B/1/7 Solid State Raman Lasers.
B/1/8 Color Center Lasers.
B/2 Semiconductor/diode lasers.
B/2/1 Basic principles of laser diodes.
B/2/2 Spectral control in laser diodes.
B/2/3 High speed laser diodes.
B/2/4 High power laser diodes and laser diode arrays.
B/2/5/1 Visible laser diodes: Properties of III-V red emitting laser diodes.
B/2/5/2 Visible laser diodes: Properties of Blue Laser Diodes.
B/2/6 Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers.
B/2/7 Long wavelength laser diodes.
B/2/8 Diode lasers for switching and signal processing.
B/3 Gas lasers.
B/3/1 CW CO2, CO and N2O; and TEA CO2 lasers.
B/3/2 Excimer, F2, H2 and N2 lasers.
B/3/3 Copper and gold vapor lasers.
B/3/4/1 Chemical lasers: COIL.
B/3/4/2 Chemical lasers: HF/DF.
B/3/5 Ar+ laser.
B/3/6 He-Ne laser.
B/3/7 He-Cd laser.
B/3/8 Optically pumped mid IR lasers: NH3, C2H2.
B/3/9 Far-IR lasers: HCN, H2O.
B/4 Fiber and waveguide lasers.
B/4/1 Fiber Lasers.
B/4/2 High Power Fiber Lasers.
B/4/3 DFBG Fiber Raman Lasers.
B/4/4 Soliton lasers.
B/4/5 Erbium and other doped fiber amplifiers.
B/4/6 High power waveguide lasers.
B/5 Other lasers.
B/5/1 Free electron lasers.
B/5/2 X-ray lasers.
B/5/3 Liquid organic dye lasers.
B/5/4 Solid organic dye lasers.
C Laser System Design.
C/1/1 Optical components.
C/1/2 Optical control elements.
C/1/3 Adaptive optics and phase conjugate reflectors.
C/1/4 Opto-mechanical parts.
C/1/5/1 Power conditioning: Supplies for driving diodes (semiconductor lasers).
C/1/5/2 Power conditioning: Supplies for driving gas discharges (gas and solid state lasers).
C/1/5/3 Power conditioning: Supplies for driving flash tubes and arc lamps for solid state lasers.
C/2 Optical pulse generation.
C/2/1 Quasi-CW and modulated beams.
C/2/2 Short pulses.
C/2/3 Ultrashort pulses.
C/3 Frequency conversion and filtering.
C/3/1 Harmonic generation - materials and methods.
C/3/2 Optical parametric oscillators and amplifiers.
C/3/3 Laser stabilisation for precision measurements.
C/4 Beam delivery systems.
C/4/1 Basic principles.
C/4/2 Free space optics.
C/4/3 Fiber optic beam delivery.
C/4/4 Positioning and scanning systems.
C/5 Laser beam characterisation and measurement.
C/5/1 Beam propagation parameters.
C/5/3 Power and energy measurement.
C/5/4 Irradiance and phase distribution measurement.
C/6 Laser safety: Introduction.
C/6 Laser safety.
VOLUME 3: Applications.
D Applications: Case Studies.
D/1 Materials Processing.
D/1/7 Rapid Manufacturing.
D/1/8 Deposition of thin films.
D/2 Optical Measurement Techniques.
D/2/1 Fundamental length metrology.
D/2/2 Laser velocimetry.
D/2/3 Laser vibrometers.
D/2/4 Electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI).
D/2/5 Optical fibre hydrophones.
D/2/6 Optical fibre Bragg grating sensors for strain measurement.
D/2/7 High speed imaging.
D/2/8 Particle sizing.
D/3/1 Light-Tissue Interactions.
D/3/2 Therapeutic Applications: Introduction.
D/3/2/1 Therapeutic Applications: Opthalmology.
D/3/2/2 Therapeutic Applications: Refractive Surgery.
D/3/2/3 Therapeutic Applications: Photodynamic Therapy.
D/3/2/4 Therapeutic Applications: Tumour Therapy.
D/3/2/5 Therapeutic Applications: Dermatology.
D/3/2/6 Therapeutic Applications: Lasers in Vascular Surgery.
D/3/2/7 Therapeutic Applications: Hardtissue/Dentistry.
D/3/2/8 Therapeutic Applications: Free-Electron Laser.
D/3/3 Diagnostic Applications.
D/3/4 Applications in Biology and Biotechnology.
D/3/5 Laser Safety.
D/4/1 Basic point to point communications system.
D/4/2 Long haul systems.
D/4/3 Local area networks.
D/4/4 Fibre to board/chip.
D/4/5 Optical satellite communications.
D/4/6 Smart Pixel Technologies and Optical Interconnects.
D/5 Information storage.
D/5/1 Optical data storage.
D/5/2 Lasers in printing.
D/6/1 Laser cooling and trapping.
D/6/2 Ion trapping and laser applications to length and time metrology.
D/6/3 Time resolved spectroscopy.
D/7 Earth and environmental sciences.
D/7/1 Satellite laser ranging.
D/7/2 Lidar for atmospheric remote sensing.
D/8/1 Lasers in Astronomy.
D/9/1 Holographic optical elements and computer generated holography.
D/10/1 High Power Lasers for Plasma Physics.
D/10/2 High-power lasers and the extreme conditions that they can produce.
"This handbook covers essentially all known areas of technical applications of lasers, using simple and understandable language but also sophistication and understanding which it's many specialists have been able to provide. It should be useful both to those who want to explore the field or some related idea for the first time, and those looking for advanced and rigorous discussion along with references to scientific and technical papers on aspects of special interest. I am delighted to see this excellent and useful summary of laser technology. I expect it to be much welcomed by and useful to the technical community, and a significant factor in further generation of ideas and growth of the field."
-Extract from the foreword to the handbook, by Charles Townes