, Tunable Laser Optics (Elsevier Academic,
New York, 2003)
Tunable Laser Optics includes 134 figures, 34 tables, 547 equations, 52 problems,
and 435 archival references in 272 pages. Detailed solutions to the problems will be made available, in PDF form, to professors and faculty using Tunable Laser Optics as a textbook. Please e-mail if you are interested.
A list of corrections, for the readers of Tunable Laser Optics, is available in PDF form.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Lasers
1.1.1 Historical Remarks
1.2.1 Laser Optics
1.3. Excitation Mechanisms and Rate Equations
1.3.1 Rate Equations
1.3.2 Dynamics of Multiple-Level System
1.3.3 Transition Probabilities and Cross Sections
1.4. Laser Resonators and Laser Cavities
Chapter 2: Dirac Optics
2.1 Dirac Notation in Optics
2.2.1 Geometry of the N-Slit Interferometer
2.2.2 N-Slit Interferometer Experiment
2.6 Angular Dispersion
2.7 Dirac and the Laser
Chapter 3: The Uncertainty Principle in Optics
3.1 Approximate Derivation of the Uncertainty Principle
3.1.1 The Wave Character of Particles
3.1.2 The Diffraction Identity and the Uncertainty Principle
3.1.3 Alternative Versions of the Uncertainty Principle
3.2 Applications of the Uncertainty Principle
3.2.1 Beam Divergence
3.2.2 Beam Divergence and Astronomy
3.2.3 The Uncertainty Principle and the Cavity Linewidth Equation
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