Introduction to astrophysical lasers

Vladilen Letokhov and Sveneric Johansson

in Astrophysical Lasers

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548279
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720512 | DOI:
 Introduction to astrophysical lasers

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This chapter presents an overview of ideas of the nonequilibrium state of matter that emerged in the last thirty years of the 20th century, which are surprisingly similar to the schemes for laser pumping. Topics discussed include amplification under non-low thermal equilibrium (LTE) conditions, astrophysical predecessors of the laser, and manifestation of laser action under astrophysical conditions.

Keywords: matter; nonequilibrium state; amplification; laser action

Chapter.  5293 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

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