Recent years have witnessed rapid advances in the development of solid state, fiber, semiconductor, and parametric sources of coherent radiation, which are opening up new opportunities for laser applications. Laser Sources and Applications provides a tutorial introduction to the basic principles of these developments at a level suitable for postgraduate research students and others with a basic knowledge of lasers and nonlinear optics. Encompassing both the physics and engineering aspects of the field, the book covers the nature of nonlinear optical interactions; solid state, fiber, and semiconductor lasers; optical parametric oscillators; and ultrashort pulse generation and applications. It also explores applications of current interest, such as electromagnetically induced transparency, atomic trapping, and soliton optical communications.
The Nature of the Nonlinear Optical Susceptibility by R.W. Boyd Third-Order and Cascaded Nonlinearities by E.W. Van Stryland Picosecond Optical Pulse Generation Using Semiconductor Lasers by I. White Microcavity Lasers and QED by G. Bjoerk Solid-State Laser Materials by G. Huber Diode-Pumped Solid-State Lasers by T.Y. Fan Fiber Lasers by D.C. Hanna Optical Parametric Oscillators: Continuous Wave Operation by M.J. Padgett Pulsed Parametric Oscillators by M. Ebrahimzadeh Ultrashort Pulse Sources by W. Sibbett Applications of Ultrashort Optical Pulses by A. Mysyrowicz Ultrafast Imaging Techniques by J.F. Reintjes Fiber Nonlinearities by P.V. Mamyshev Electromagnetically Induced Transparency by M.H. Dunn Cooling and Trapping Neutral Atoms with Laser Light by A. Hemmerich Presentations by Participants Participants' Addresses Index