Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A means of creating coherent light by either driving an atomic or molecular transition in an optical cavity or firing a beam of electrons through an undulator.

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Laser as an optical oscillator

How can Laser can be compared to a positive feedback amplifier? Does the two conditions for oscillator holds good for lasers too.
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Is the light emitted by a laser a 'beam' or a 'ray'? [on hold]

In English, the light generated by a laser is almost always referred to in technical texts as a 'laser beam'. However, in French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian, forms that correspond to laser beam ...
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How are iris diaphragms used in laser alignment?

I've read in many places that one of the canonical uses of iris diaphragms is to align a laser beam, but I'm having trouble understanding how this works, since I can always setup a set of arbitrarily ...
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Need for pulsed laser [closed]

Pulsed laser emit light in non continuous mode.How this makes it superior to cw laser? Why there is need in reducing the time-lag between the pluses of pulsed laser.
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Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique

I am having some difficulty understanding the Pound-Drever-Hall frequency stabilisation technique, when locking a laser to a stable cavity. As far as I understand: We emit the laser frequency, f0....
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What properties would a laser need to have in order to be visible in plain air?

We all know what happens if you use a laser pointer in foggy/dusty conditions: you can clearly see the line from the source to the destination. However, in plain air it is not. My question is, what ...
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Could I use a VHP lazer to determine my actual spacetime 3d age if I could pinpoint where the earth was at my birth? [closed]

Given a specific origin point in space, i.e. our exact place in the universe at the time of our birth, and perhaps a second reference point or more i.e. our Sun, can we calculate our actual space-time ...
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what happened finally to the photons emitted by the atoms cooled in laser cooling process?

I mean, do these emitted photons go out of the system without any other happening. Because they are in higher frequency and so more energy, can they be used as a source of energy?
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Quarter-wave stacks and rejection filters to protect flight crews' vision from visible laser pointers [closed]

I would like to know how the physics(and possibly mathematics) for how quarter-wave stacks could be utilized to make an ideal rejection filter that rejects all visible coherent green or blue or red ...
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Birefringent filter, optical path length difference?

In 'The Light Fantastic' by Kenyon, I.R. (p424), it is said that for a birefringent material inclined at Brewster's angle and who's optical axis lies in the plane of the plate, we have an optical path ...
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Laser slow motion

Something really strange happen and I was hoping someone could shine some light on this. I always play around levelers with red lasers. I decided one day to shine a laser through a magnifying glass (...
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Laser light in a digital display

At my job, I am working with an augmented reality headset and various pairs of laser goggles. The display on the AR headset sits outside of the laser goggles. I've noticed that you can (more or less, ...
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How is a frequency comb used to stabilize other lasers?

So I am currently in the process of writing my bachelors thesis which partly concerns frequency combs. I have read that some of the applications is: Optical measuring tool. (by detecting beat-note) ...
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How do laser triangulation sensor reflection obeys law of reflection?

I find it hard to understand how laser triangulation sensor work considering this image The laser beam form the angle of $90^o$ with the surface so how can the reflection beam form the different ...
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Near perfect reflectors and LASERs

What would happen in a hypothetical scenario in which a LASER strikes a near perfect reflector (like the ones made by Jason Valentine at Vanderbilt, which reflect 99.7% of visible infrared light). I ...
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How do laser “tape measures” work?

There is a device available for about $\$40$, which fits in the palm of the hand, runs on two AA batteries, and can measure distances up to $50\,{\rm ft}$ to an accuracy of $\sim \frac{1}{8}''$ ($\sim ...
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How is the conversion from an operator equation to a c-number stocastic differential equation justified?

In many papers on laser dynamics theory, quantum Langevin equation of operators is converted to c-number stocastic differential equations, which is analyzed to obtain results. However, why this ...
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7 W medical laser without any precautions?

Today I got some medical laser treatment to treat some tendon irritation. The doctor used a red or IR laser with 7 W of power. He casually applied the laser onto the knee and was panning over the area....
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Interference or something beyond?

I have an experiment with He-Ne laser in my practical syllabus. In curiosity I took a photo of the incoming radiation directly from the laser with my mobile camera. Some strange pattern is observed. ...
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Zero group refractive index within laser cavity

I am considering a uniform plane wave propagating within a laser cavity with $$ \frac{2\omega n L}{c} = 2m\pi $$ where $\omega$ is the angular frequency, $n$ is the effective refractive index of the ...
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Sech laser pulse time-bandwidth product calculation

Find the time bandwidth product for a $\operatorname{sech}$ shaped pulse. Attempt: I know that the time bandwidth product $\Delta t \Delta \omega$ for a $\operatorname{sech}$ shaped pulse must be $...
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How to estimate the heat generation and the power per square cm provided the resistance and the current of a laser diode?

Laser Diodes are very tiny. So, it is making me confused in its calculation. In laboratory, the resistance of a laser diode is 10-15 ohm and the current is 80-100 mA. How could I estimate the heat ...
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Laser resonator analytic formula for sum of modes

For a sum of N modes in a resonator with identical phases, find an analytic formula for the pulse shape in the limit of many modes. Use the analytic expression for the sum of a geometric series. ...
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Laser resonator modes

For a resonator, plot the intensity as a function of time for (i) when the modes have identical phases, and (ii) when the modes have random phases. Attempt Here is the equation for intensity (p. ...
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Interesting question regarding stimulated emission

why is outgoing photon emitted during stimulated emission in phase with the incoming photon? I can't see why this is so because the two photons may be out of phase yet conserving momentum and energy.
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Orbital Velocity & LLR

As I understand it, light that is emitted from a source is not imparted with the motion of the source and so always follows a "straight line". If this is correct, I am having a difficult time ...
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What is the divergence of a beam from the output of a laser?

Diffraction through an aperture gives a half-angle divergence of $1.22\lambda/a$ where a is the aperture diameter. The half-angle divergence of a Gaussian beam is $\lambda/\pi w_0$ where $w_0$ is the $...
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Spinning black hole laser?

Is a laser that uses a rotating black hole's ergosphere as the gain medium possible? The idea is that the coherent light feeds off of the black hole's rotation. Assume that the black hole is ...
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How is it guaranteed that electrical connections could be made without destroying a diode laser?

A diode laser is a tiny diode and requires a microscope to see it. Since a laser generates a good amount of heat, the diode should be destroyed with the produced heat. But it does not happen. but why ...
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Intensity fluctuations at the output of a single mode fiber coupled to a He Ne laser

I have coupled a Thorlabs HNL050L-EC - HeNe, 632.8 nm, 5 mW, Polarized Laser to a 2 meter long single mode fiber patch chord using a Thorlabs F230-FC-B aspheric lens. While I am certainly able to ...
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stimulated emission in lasers [closed]

In LASERS, when the initial stimulated photon gets emitted, it stimulates other photons to get emitted. Now my question is: Does the wave of this photon interfere with other waves and makes a bigger ...
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What kind of other light sources can disturb the detection of LASER [closed]

My project objective is to detect different lasers , for example Laser Range Finder: pulse width 10ns and repetition rate is ...
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Is gravity the current limitation to laser cooling?

This is something I've been wondering for a while. I've read about the experiment with NASA to reach unprecedented cold temperatures in space because of the microgravity environment not being such a ...
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Why can't incoherent light be collimated as well as laser light (e.g. in a laser pointer)?

Why does a laser pointer contain a laser diode, and not just an LED? A laser pointer contains a laser diode, which essentially shines coherent light over a large angle, and a collimating lens, to ...
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Reason behind heating the substrate in Pulsed Laser Deposition

Why do we need to supply a constant heat to the substrate while depositing thin films in Pulsed Laser Deposition technique?
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Parameters for modelling 4 level 2 electron gain medium for laser

I have an EM simulator that can model laser gain medium by a 4 level 2 electron system. However the model requires pumping wavelength, lasing wavelength, pumping linewidth, lasing linewidth, decay ...
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How is a result of no time variation in the gravitational constant $G$ related to a measurement of no local expansion?

In this answer @PhillS linked to the paper Progress in Lunar Laser Ranging Tests of Relativistic Gravity which has given me a great start. While its main focus is on the Equivalence Principle (EP) ...
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Create a laser from sun light

I have read on wikipedia the basic theory behind laser. A photon passes through an excited electron which then produces the exact same photon. Light is bounced off mirrors to create more photons. Is ...
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Is possible to excite semiconductor with attosecond laser pulse [closed]

Is possible to excite semiconductor with attosecond laser pulse for generation THz wave?
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What is the theoretical maximum data transmission rate of an optical laser at 400nm and at 800nm, with optimal pulse width? [closed]

I want to know what the highest possible data transfer is for visible light with regards to the frequency, disregarding noise. Using the shannon-hartley formula wasn't of much use, as it operates ...
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How do I find uncertainties in an intensity plot created from a photograph?

I have a photo of a laser beam (taken by sending the laser into a CCD). I then took the image and ran it through an image reader that gave an intensity surface plot. I then took a single cut from that ...
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Focal Length Calculation [closed]

Although I research in the internet, I couldn't find detailed answer. I have a question and I want to make sure from the answer. The ligth is coming from a fiber laser source and focused on a ...
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Master equation approach only suitable for good cavity laser?

As I understand, master equation and quantum Langevin equation are equivalent formalisms. However, in a Review of Modern Physics article titled sub-Poissonian processes in quantum optics, the author ...
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How can a Satellite's position/orbit be calculated using only range measurements from ground stations?

This task is often done in a process known as Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR). SLR stations (of known coordinates) track satellites, recording range measurements to the satellite at known times. I would ...
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What is the Reach distance of a laser beam? [duplicate]

How far can an uninterrupted beam of laser travel? And on what factors does it depend on?
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Projects to undertake Using Lasers [closed]

I need an economically feasible physics project that would use lasers in any manner preferably with respect to optics for a school projects class XII . Any suggestions are welcome no matter how crazy ...
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Stimulated Emission in QED

The explanations of stimulated emission which I have found all describe the phenomenon in terms of non-relativistic quantum mechanics. How might you describe it in a field theory such as QED? In ...
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What medium could I use for a laser pointer to hit and illuminate an entire area behind it?

I'm in the planning stages of making a fun project for my nephew which will allow a wood gun with a laser pointer attached to 'shoot' at a target area. The target area will most likely be a piece of ...
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why atoms can't be directly excited to meta stable state? [duplicate]

IN LASERS,Why is it necessary to excite atoms at higher energy level than meta stable state, why can't we just excite it to meta stable state and obtain the condition of population inversion. Don't ...
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Why does generating EUV frequency combs require femtosecond enhanced cavities?

When generating extreme UV (EUV) frequency combs using high-order harmonic generation, why does the harmonic generation step need to be inside a femtosecond enhanced cavity for the comb to work? More ...