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Introduction

Vladilen Letokhov and Sveneric Johansson

in Astrophysical Lasers

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548279
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720512 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548279.003.0001
 Introduction

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This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the discovery of astrophysical lasers and masers. It then traces the history of the development of quantum electronics. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords: astrophysical lasers; astrophysical masers; quantum electronics; radiation

Chapter.  4885 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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