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The famous Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology – available online for free!
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Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology

Since 2004, RP Photonics Consulting GmbH maintains the Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology as a part of its website. Every line has been authored by Dr. Paschotta, the founder and executive of RP Photonics Consulting.

Enter the Online Encyclopedia

This project is a true success story, as it serves various parties in many ways:

cover of the Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology

Print Version

In October 2008, the encyclopedia has been published via Wiley-VCH as a print version. You can order the two-volume set from Wiley-VCH (in Germany) or (for the United States) from John Wiley & Sons. If you like the online version, you may recommend to your institute or company library to get the print version.

Various Tools

The encyclopedia is equipped with various useful tools:

  • Most articles are assigned to one or several topical categories, listed at the bottom of the article page. It can be useful to browse the category listings.
  • Most articles begin with a definition of the article keyword. Recently, a glossary was created which contains all these definitions. You can also reach that page by clicking on the word “Definition” before such a definition in an article.
  • The Photonics Spotlight is a blog which regularly presents additional information in the context of encyclopedia articles.
  • There is a feedback form, encouraging users to send their suggestions and comments.

The Spirit

Both the encyclopedia's content and the way it is provided tell people about the spirit of RP Photonics:

  • Be precise with the details and put them into a clear perspective.
  • Address the issues of great practical importance.
  • Do all to create the maximum value for all the users, and don't worry about immediate returns.

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