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 Energy Level Transitions

I am new to Laser Physics. While looking at the Energy Levels diagram for the Laser Transition of ND:YAG laser, I see energy levels labeled like 4F(3/2), 4I(15/2),.. I did not come across such energy ...
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Diffraction experiment at home

I have bought a laser tachometer, can you tell me if it is possible to make a diffraction experiment at home? How can one make a slit of 630 nm? As a side question: light bouncing on reflective tape ...
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Using a laser to overhear a room conversation

Movies with science based tricks and gimmicks are generally silly and sometimes even annoying. The science based trick that I don't know enough about to judge is the following (and I have seen it in a ...
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Creating nanosecond pulses from a CW laser source

Experimental setup question. If anyone aware of a technique to create pulses of several nanoseconds at a around 10Hz repetition rate from a CW laser source?
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Dissolving photoconductor (TiOPc) from Laser Printer drum possible?

When I was thinking of a Lab-On-a Chip Application which combines a lensless microscope and an optical tweezers I saw the ...
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Light (Laser) operated optical switch

I have searched the web and found that optical switches are activated either through mechanical or electro/magnetics. Making them sort of Optomechanical or optoelectronic switches. Lets exclude ...
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Limitation of Rytov approximation for turbulence

I have been working through the textbook "Laser Beam Propagation through Random Media" by Andrews and Phillips and have arrived at an interesting dilemma. For a second-order perturbation in the Born ...
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Effect of the refractive index of a transparent layer coating a particle?

I am modelling a cell as a particle coated by a layer of a material whose refraction index might change. This layer is to resemble the membrane. The purpose of the model is to simulate what happens ...
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How to calculate the Refractive index of a glass sheet

My question is how to find the $n$ of a glass sheet with just aiming a laser beam to that. I've got lot of ways that let me find the $n$ ( Refractive index ) but I need the whole part of the ...
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Are there naturally occurring lasers in nature?

Are there natural processes we've discovered which lead to laser light of some distinct wavelength?
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Why does shining a laser into an iPhone camera create these shapes?

When I shine a laser light into an iPhone 6 camera I get these weird shapes: The shapes are in no way in the background behind the laser. What causes these to appear? I know about typical lense ...
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Material that changes transparency when lased from side?

I am into photonics research, and have been searching about this topic in vain, but almost nothing from Google shows up. So i turned here for some light. Do you guys know any material that changes ...
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Inertial frames and Sagnac interferometers

Let's posit: I am in orbit around a large body, like a planet, and I am close enough to be tidally locked to the large body. Am I in an inertial frame? Even without looking at the stars, couldn't ...
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Laser: Looking for name for optical component

I'm currently planning a laser setup in which I want to send a (1mW) laser into the environment using a commercial scanning unit (made of two galvanometers). I would like to measure the reflectivity ...
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Meaning of “electrostatic” and “nonresonant laser” fields

I just read the following sentence: The molecule is subjected to an electrostatic field $E$ combined with a nonresonant laser field of intensity $I$, whose linear polarization is collinear with ...
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Is circular masking a laser beam an acceptable way to get the beam diameter you require?

I am wondering what are the down sides to just masking a laser to get the beam diameter you require? For example if you have a collimated eliptical beam of say 2mm width and 4mm height, but you ...
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Visible wavelengths of air fluorescence data - needed for school demo laser telephone design

I'm seeking information about fluorescence in visible wavelengths (390-700nm) of any of the main constituents of air ( $ N_2, O_2, CO_2, H_2O, CO, etc. $) that can be excited with a (hopefully ...
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Why do we see brown light?

While researching about lasers (it's my hobby), it suddenly hit me: there are lasers for every color of the visible spectrum, but there are no brown lasers. Brown isn't even on the rainbow. How is it ...
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Stimulated emission in LASER

I have been reading about how lasers function : A photon is used for stimulated emission of electrons from the metastable state to a lower energy state. What I don't understand is : How can "giving" ...
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I'm looking for a formal definition of 'scintillations' in laser beam propagation

I'm trying to make a scintillometer, based on Rytov's method. I've understood the whole phenomenon, and gone through some of the research papers in the field. But, I haven't encountered any definition ...
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Can I catch a single photon with webcam's CMOS or CCD sensors?

I thought it would be nice to capturing single photons using a webcam's sensor due to simplicity. I've read that ccd and cmos sensors have a certain percent of quantum efficiency. What about ...
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Diffuse laser light in a surface

Im building a laser target. It consists of a box, with a black plexiglass circle in the center of one of its sides, and a larger white circle around it. The black for the inside shots, and the white ...
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What could cause a diode laser to be emitting the half-harmonic of the fundamental frequency?

I have a 405nm laser which is seemingly outputting a small portion of 810nm light. I am wondering what mechanism this could be caused by. Is this a down-conversion phenomenon or perhaps just another ...
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Optical pumping without stimulated emission

If I want to pump Rubidium 87 atoms From fg = 2 to fe=1 level with a laser tuned to D1 transition and avoid stimulated emission then it is sufficient that I use a laser power which gives me an ...
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Optical Depth or total attenuation in an optical medium

In an optical pumping experiment, I want to calculate the output power, which is governed by the relation Power Output = Power Input * exp (-optical depth) Case 1: Without taking beam diivergence of ...
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How to measure the wavelength of a laser pointer?

I'm working on something and I need to know the wavelength of the laser pointer that I'm using. Can you suggest me a way, using some optics formulae, or anything else to calculate the wavelength?
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Deconvoluting Raman spectras from different wavelengths

I am using a laser source that is wider than typical laser source for Raman spectroscopy. This mean that the full width at half maximum (FWHM) of the laser is about 5-10 nm, compared to the normal 1-3 ...
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How does an electron deexcites during stimulated emission? [duplicate]

During stimulated emission in laser,the electron de-excites by supplying energy,generally it must excite,right? My doubt is then why does it de-excites?
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Laser beam receiver

Problem: I have an object that can move in the $x,\,y,\,z$ direction. The goal is to measure the $x,y$ variation as the object travels along the $z$ axis. Typically the distance traveled is less than ...
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Using a transfer matrix to calculate beam width of off-axis Gaussian beam?

I have been reading a lot about ABCD matrices that are used for ray tracing. I can calculate the output offset $r_{o}$ (with respect to the optical axis) and the angle $\theta$ of the ray by $$ ...
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What causes this pattern in the reflection of a laser on a screen? [duplicate]

When I shine a red laser behind me at a wall I see a strange reflection occurring on my laptop screen Why does this happen? The pattern on my screen occurs exactly where the laser is hitting the wall. ...
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Gaussian beam shape

In this diagram of a Gaussian beam, why does the radius vary with z position? Is it assumed that a Gaussian beam is always being focus by a lense? Why can the beam not go any smaller than $w_0$ and ...
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Power of several focused laser beams on a small surface

After viewing this: My Homemade 40W Laser Shotgun Will the initial 40W power of the diodes beams be roughly transferred to the targeted surface where the 8 beams are focused, or will there be a power ...
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Can infrared lasers still do damage to things if they are powerful enough?

So I get that infrared light is not visible to the human eye without some sort of device to assist in helping you see it, but I was just wondering how that plays into things like lasers. I know you ...
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Laser output below, just above and way above threshold?

I've been reading up on lasers recently and learnt that within the cavity while the laser light is amplified by the gain coefficient, it loses power due to transmission and absorption. Suppose the ...
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how to calculate the minimum spectral linewidth in cm-1 of pulsed laser with pulse duration of 10 fs?

I calculated the minimum spectral linewidth given here using the uncertainty principle that delta E.delta t =h/2*pi will this be correct?
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does photon travels in a helical path in an optical vortex?

The wave front of the optical vortex beam is helical. Does it mean that the photon travels in a helical path? When the optical vortex beam is focused on a screen, an annular ring with dark center is ...
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Why can't LIDAR be implemented with traditional antennae?

In robotics, LIDAR and RADAR are both used for obstacle detection. The data they produce are very similar, but they do have different qualities (LIDAR is more precise but less robust). There are many ...
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Why lasers and not light? [closed]

Some laser applications consist simply concentrating light into a small spot (e.g., image projection, welding, cutting, etc.). Why are lasers used instead of a simpler light source?
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Regenerative Amplifier

I want to ask the questions dedicated Optics (or Laser Physics). What is the difference between laser amplifier and laser regenerative amplifier? What is the average pulse duration of Nd:YAG laser ...
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What is the typical strength of the electric field in a particle accelerator?

I am working on a research project involving the closed orbits of hydrogen in the presence of an external electric field and I am curious what a reasonable approximation for the electric field ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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Doppler and recoil limit on temperature

I havent't understood the causes of Doppler limit and recoil limit. I have found on the net different observations about them ("Doppler limit is due to the fact that the atom can't have a smaller ...
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Why does a circle of light form around a wire when a laser is pointed at it? [duplicate]

Referencing this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q_4SNbpBfo Why does a circle of light form? I've seen previous Phys.SE posts on this topic relating the answer to reflection, but I have ...
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Decoherence of a Coherent Beam

If retarding films (i.e. wave plates) can retard the electric components of light (based on the films thickness) without affecting it's direction, couldn't I use a retarding film of randomly varying ...
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Laser Welding of Copper/its alloys [closed]

I wanted to know about the different techniques that can be used for joining Cu/bronze/other Cu containing alloys to Stainless Steel by Laser Welding( specifically Nd:YAG laser ). I read abt some ...
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coherent length measurement of a monochromatic laser source

i need to learn about how to measure coherent length of a monochromatic laser source.I know that I can use michelson interferometer or spectrometry.For laser which has long coherent length michelson ...
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Plasma wakefield acceleration for Protons

Laser plasma acceleration is a promising technology that could replace the current method of accelerating particles (which is via electric fields). It is somewhat cheaper also as it makes the ...
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Is the output of a laser pointer polarized or not?

How to verify it? Is a laser necessarily polarized? I have a laser pointer with wavelength 532nm in hand.
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How to measure temperature of a laser cooled sample at picoKelvin temperatures?

I'm reading about laser cooling.. my question is: how can the temperature of the sample be measured? (using laser cooling we can reach $10^{-12}K...)$