# Good (citable) paper on Laser Physics

I am looking for reference papers and/or books on the principles of LASER. I've understood that

Gould, R. Gordon (1959). "The LASER, Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation"

was one of the principal papers published by the disputed inventor himself. What are other good sources?

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First optical laser made by Maiman in 1960. See nature.com/nature/journal/v187/n4736/abs/187493a0.html –  gigacyan Dec 20 '10 at 10:41
CW lasers? Pulsed lasers? just lasers (i.e. population inversion and stuff like that?)? –  Steve Dec 20 '10 at 10:46
if you want u can cite Einstein on the matter of Stimulated emission.. such as Maria Goppert Mayer is always cited on matter of two-photon excitation.. it's always cool to cite einstein! :) –  Steve Dec 20 '10 at 10:51
@gigacyan - Interesting. @Steve - You make a valid point, actually I am mostly interested in pulsed laser technology. @Steve - I agree, Einstein is a heavy guy to quote. –  Theodor Dec 20 '10 at 12:18

The Springer book linked here helped me a lot during the writing on my master thesis on femptosecond-pulsed lasers...try it!

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Springer ;).. –  Kit Feb 18 '11 at 14:48

Maybe this one can help too:

Rüdiger Paschotta: Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology, online version or paper version.

Or you can look for LIA Handbook of Laser Material Processing or Laser Processing of Engineering Materials by John C. Ion.

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