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Lasers and Electro-optics
Fundamentals and Engineering

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860291

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  • Covering a broad range of topics in modern optical physics and engineering, this textbook is invaluable for undergraduate students studying laser physics, optoelectronics, photonics, applied optics and optical engineering. This new edition has been re-organized, and now covers many new topics such as the optics of stratified media, quantum well lasers and modulators, free electron lasers, diode-pumped solid state and gas lasers, imaging and non-imaging optical systems, squeezed light, periodic poling in nonlinear media, very short pulse lasers and new applications of lasers. The textbook gives a detailed introduction to the basic physics and engineering of lasers, as well as covering the design and operational principles of a wide range of optical systems and electro-optic devices. It features full details of important derivations and results, and provides many practical examples of the design, construction and performance characteristics of different types of lasers and electro-optic devices.

    • Comprehensive coverage of the basics of laser operation, the variety of lasers that have been developed, the applied optics necessary to understand and design optical systems that use lasers and a host of related electro-optic and optical devices
    • New edition featuring many new and expanded topics and an improved discussion of Gaussian and related beam waves, laser line width and non-resonant laser operation
    • Reviews key electromagnetic theory relevant to the discussion of optical devices and systems
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I recommend this textbook because of its pedagogical excellence. The author is an experimentalist and an experienced teacher … In addition to the exceptionally clear writing, the reader is aided by large well-designed figures, key references, problem sets and an index …' Barry R. Masters, Optics and Photonics News

    '… if you teach opto-electronics at undergraduate or taught masters level then this should be a serious consideration for your course text. It is well written and well illustrated … and the overall layout and typography is very clear, for which the publishers are to be commended. … a real strength of the book is the detailed consideration given not only to the theory of lasers, resonators and modes but the fairly wide-ranging discussion of a number of important laser systems including dye, chemical and free-electron. … a valuable textbook which I will certainly be recommending to my final year undergraduate and taught masters students.' Peter R. Hobson, Contemporary Physics

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860291
    • length: 882 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 193 x 42 mm
    • weight: 2.05kg
    • contains: 490 b/w illus. 115 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Electromagnetic waves, light, and lasers
    2. Optical frequency amplifiers
    3. Introduction to two practical laser systems
    4. Optical resonators containing amplifying media
    5. Laser radiation
    6. Control of laser oscillators
    7. Optically pumped solid-state lasers
    8. Gas lasers
    9. Molecular gas lasers I
    10. Molecular gas lasers II
    11. Tunable lasers
    12. Semiconductor lasers
    13. Passive optical systems
    14. Periodic optical systems, resonators and inhomogenous media
    15. Optics of Gaussian beams
    16. Optical fibers and waveguides
    17. Optics of anisotropic media
    18. The electro-optic and acousto-optic effects and modulation of light beams
    19. Introduction to nonlinear processes
    20. Wave propagation in nonlinear media
    21. Detection of optical radiation
    22. Coherence theory
    23. Laser applications

  • Author

    Christopher C. Davis, University of Maryland, College Park
    Christopher C. Davis is Minta Martin Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland. He is author of the widely used text Lasers and Electro-Optics (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and co-author of the best-selling text Building Scientific Apparatus (4th edition, Cambridge University Press, 2009).

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