Basics of Laser Physics: For Students of Science and Engineering

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Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Feb 10, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 622 pages

Basics of Laser Physics provides an introductory presentation of the field of all types of lasers. It contains a general description of the laser, a theoretical treatment and a characterization of its operation as it deals with gas, solid state, free-electron and semiconductor lasers and, furthermore, with a few laser related topics. The different subjects are connected to each other by the central principle of the laser, namely, that it is a self-oscillating system. Special emphasis is put on a uniform treatment of gas and solid-state lasers, on the one hand, and semiconductor lasers, on the other hand. The discussions and the treatment of equations are presented in a way that a reader can immediately follow. The book addresses undergraduate and graduate students of science and engineering. Not only should it enable instructors to prepare their lectures, but it can be helpful to students for preparing for an examination.

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1957 - 1962: Study at the Universities of Freiburg, Munich and Frankfurt
1962: Diplom in Physics at the University Freiburg, Germany
1966: PhD in Physics at the University Freiburg
1966/67: Postdoc at the University Reading, Great Britain
1967-72: Postdoc at the Technical University Munich
1972: Professor of Physics, University of Regensburg
1976-92: Visiting Professor at various laboratories:
High-Frequency Magnet Laboratory in Grenoble;
University of California, Los Angeles;
Université Scientific et Médical de
Grenoble; University of Canterbury, New Zealand
2006: Professor emeritus

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