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Basic elements of laser physics

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/9780199548279.003.0006
 Basic elements of laser physics

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This chapter discusses the basic elements of laser science. Knowledge of these elements will allow readers of later chapters to distinguish more easily the specific properties of astrophysical lasers from properties of laboratory lasers. The latter knowledge is essential for the development of methods to search for astrophysical lasers.

Keywords: laser science; amplification; laser light; continuous wave; gas lasers

Chapter.  9206 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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