Lasers continue to be an amazingly robust field of activity. Anyone seeking a photon source is now confronted with an enormous number of possible lasers and laser wavelengths to choose from, but no single, comprehensive source to help them make that choice.
The Handbook of Lasers provides an authoritative compilation of lasers, their properties, and original references in a readily accessible form. Organized by lasing media-solids, liquids, and gases-each section is subdivided into distinct laser types. Each type carries a brief description, followed by tables listing the lasing element or medium, host, lasing transition and wavelength, operating properties, primary literature citations, and, for broadband lasers, reported tuning ranges.
The importance and value of the Handbook of Lasers cannot be overstated. Serving as both an archive and as an indicator of emerging trends, it reflects the state of knowledge and development in the field, provides a rapid means of obtaining reference data, and offers a pathway to the literature. It contains data useful for comparison with predictions and for developing models of processes, and may reveal fundamental inconsistencies or conflicts in the data.
Table of Contents
SOLID STATE LASERS
Crystalline Paramagnetic Ion Lasers
Solid State Dye Lasers
Color Center Lasers
Solid State Excimer Lasers
Raman Brillouin, and Soliton Lasers
Liquid Organic Dye Lasers
Rare Earth Liquid Lasers
Liquid Polymer Lasers
Liquid Excimer Lasers
Neutral Atom Gas Lasers
Ionized Gas Lasers
Molecular Gas Lasers
Far Infrared and Millimeter Wave Gas Lasers
Commercial Gas Lasers
Extreme Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Lasers
Free Electron Lasers
Nuclear Pumped Lasers
Amplification of Core-Valence Luminescence
Acronyms, Abbreviations, Initialisms, and Common Names for Types of Lasers, Laser Materials, Laser Structures and Operating Configurations, and Systems Involving Lasers
Electron Configurations of Neutral Atoms in the Ground State
"The Handbooks are particularly valued for their breadth and authority…their success has undoubtedly been due to the most professional approach and guidance of the Editor-in-Chief, Marvin Weber, who has had a most distinguished and active research career in the laser field."
-C.L.M. Ireland in Optics & Laser Technology, 30, 1998