Professor Yurii A. Anan'ev has a long-standing international reputation for his publications on optical beams and resonators. Now many of his contributions will be readily available for the first time in a book. The generation of maximum power, minimum divergence beams from laser resonators is probably the most important topic in quantum electronics and optics today. The only book of its kind, Laser Resonators and the Beam Divergence Problem covers not only the theory, but also the applications of resonators to real systems as opposed to idealized models. Each rigorous examination of an optical configuration is accompanied by a detailed discussion of its associated applications and of the considerations for the user in practical work. The book contains a wealth of information on the developments in resonator technology, including much material previously unavailable outside the Soviet Union. It is an essential reference source to every researcher in laser science and technology.
Table of Contents
FOREWORD BY A.E. SIEGMAN
Briefly on the history and essence of the problem
THE LAWS OF LIGHT-BEAM PROPAGATION
Fundamentals of the theory of multielement optical systems
Laws of propagation for major types of light beams
Angular divergence of radiation
General information on open resonators
Classification of open optical resonators and the condition of their equivalence
BASIC CONCEPTS CONCERNING THE PROPERTIES OF REAL RESONATORS AND THE PROCESSES OCCURRING IN THEM
Some experimental data and their discussion
Principal kinds of perturbations and parasitic effects
Large-scale aberrations and light scattering
Mode competition in the onset of lasing and in steady-state operation
Pump energy conversion efficiency in laser resonators
RESONATOR APPLICATIONS AND SPECIAL CONFIGURATIONS
Basic resonator types
Methods of the angular selection of radiation
Resonators of lasers with controlled spectral and temporal characteristics
Specific resonator configurations
THE SIMPLEST CAUSES OF ABERRATIONS AND METHODS OF WAVEFRONT CORRECTION
Thermal deformations of resonators
Optico-mechanical and holographic methods of wavefront correction-stimulated scattering-based lasers
"Experienced professionals working in the field may find this book a useful reference work to have in their personal library. … an excellent bibliography of the huge amount of research done in this area by researchers in the former Soviet Union."
-Optics & Photonics News
"… a timely and comprehensive treatment of the principles of laser resonators … a valuable resource to laser physicists as well as those scientists and engineers who wish to apply laser beams …"
-Australian and New Zealand Physicist
"… should be in every laboratory concerned with laser development …"
-Laser and Optoelektronik
"This book is an excellent reference work for the laser physics specialist and postgraduate worker involved in laser resonator design."
"… the first book to deal specifically with the subject of beam divergence and it is difficult to believe that there will be a better one … this book brings together virtually all the relevant data and turns it into a coherent whole. … a quite outstanding book … a pleasure to handle and read … will surely be the definitive treatise for many years."
-Optics and Lasers in Engineering