Lasers with a gaseous active medium offer high flexibility, wide tunability, and advantages in cost, beam quality, and power scalability. Gas lasers have tended to become overshadowed by the recent popularity and proliferation of semiconductor lasers. As a result of this shift in focus, details on modern developments in gas lasers are difficult to find. In addition, different types of gas lasers have unique properties that are not well-described in other references. Collecting expert contributions from authorities dealing with specific types of lasers, Gas Lasers examines the fundamentals, current research, and applications of this important class of laser.

It is important to understand all types of lasers, from solid-state to gaseous, before making a decision for any application. This book fills in the gaps by discussing the definition and properties of gaseous media along with its fluid dynamics, electric excitation circuits, and optical resonators. From this foundation, the discussion launches into the basic physics, characteristics, applications, and current research efforts for specific types of gas lasers: CO lasers, CO2 lasers, HF/DF lasers, excimer lasers, iodine lasers, and metal vapor lasers. The final chapter discusses miscellaneous lasers not covered in the previous chapters.

Collecting hard-to-find material into a single, convenient source, Gas Lasers offers an encyclopedic survey that helps you approach new applications with a more complete inventory of laser options.

chapter 1|38 pages

Principles of Gas Lasers

ByKrzysztof M. Abramski, Edward F. Plinski

chapter 2|122 pages

Fluid Dynamics

ByAnatoly S. Boreysho, Andrey V. Savin, Victor M. Malkov

chapter 3|19 pages

Optical Resonators

ByAnatoly P. Napartovich

chapter 4|16 pages

Electric Circuits

ByVladimir V. Khukharev

chapter 5|38 pages

Electric Discharge CO Lasers

ByAndrey A. Ionin

chapter 6A|48 pages

DC-Excited Continuous-Wave Conventional and RF-Excited Waveguide CO2 Lasers

ByF. Plinski Edward, M. Abramski Krzysztof

chapter 6B|54 pages

High-Power Electric CO2 Lasers

ByE. Hill Alan

chapter 7|28 pages

Hydrogen and Deuterium Fluoride Chemical Lasers

ByWilhelm H. Behrens, Peter D. Lohn

chapter 8|44 pages

Excimer and Exciplex Lasers

BySergey I. Yakovlenko

chapter 9|36 pages

Atomic Iodine Lasers

BySteven J. Davis, William E. McDermott, Michael C. Heaven

chapter 10|48 pages

Metal Vapor Lasers

ByNikola V. Sabotinov

chapter 11|44 pages

Other Gas Lasers

ByKrzysztof M. Abramski, Edward F. Plinski