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Lasers: The Power and Precision of Light

Jean-Claude Diels, Ladan Arissian

ISBN: 978-3-527-41039-2 October 2011 277 Pages


"Lasers" are active ingredients of our modern life, but they are inconspicuous as they often go unnoticed. This intuitive introductory guide will tell you all you want to know about laser technologies in very diverse fields from nuclear and particle physics to medicine, astronomy and ultra-precise metrology. The book is coherently focused on fundamentals, and is aimed to stimulate intuition about present and future applications, while unveiling the halo of myths around lasers. Written by reputable laser experts who think that science should be entertaining, this useful reference relies on simple analogies and illustrations rather than complex mathematics, and will be suitable for students and end-users of laser technologies, including novices.

Voted a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2012
1. A Scenic Route through the Laser
2. Laser Coherence at Home
3. The Laser in Medicine
4. Lasers in Industry
5. Laser Time Capsule
6. Light in Matter (Coherent Motion, Attosecond Science, Collision and Nuclear Physics with Lasers)
7. High Power Lasers (Tazer/Teaser)
8. Laser Sensors (Nanotechnology, Lithography, Laser Gyros, Nanoscopes)

Named CHOICE Outstanding Title for 2012

“This book is also well suited for general readers and high school teachers looking for very simple explanations of the working principles of lasers and the wide variety of applications in different disciplines.  Summing Up: Highly recommended.  Lower-division undergraduates, general readers, and high school educators.”  (Choice, 1 June 2012)