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Laser Physics

Definition: the field of physics dealing with phenomena in lasers

German: Laserphysik

Categories: lasers, physical foundations

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Laser physics is concerned with various physical aspects of the operation of lasers, such as

A comprehensive knowledge of laser physics is an indispensable requirement for good laser design and laser development. For example, an understanding of laser dynamics is important for designing Q-switched lasers. Similarly, a deep knowledge of the properties of optical resonators, and of the effects which typically affect resonator modes of lasers, is essential for resonator design. Also, the development of laser sources for ultrashort pulses requires the understanding of the fundamental properties of short optical pulses and their interaction with various components in a laser.


[1]A. E. Siegman, Lasers, University Science Books, Mill Valley, CA (1986)
[2]O. Svelto, Principles of Lasers, Plenum Press, New York (1998)
[3]F. Träger (editor), Handbook of Lasers and Optics, Springer, Berlin (2007)
[4]R. Paschotta, Field Guide to Lasers, SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA (2007)

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See also: lasers, laser design, laser dynamics, pulse propagation modeling
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