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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how does diffraction occur when laser beam is pointed on a steel ruler?

When a laser beam is pointed on a steel ruler with marking of the order of millimeter, why do we observe diffraction pattern at a distance? What is causing it to be diffracted?
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Is there any issue/concern for a slight wavelength shift of the laser light in the LIGO experiments?

A friend and I were having a discussion about the LIGO experiments and were wondering if there is any issue with the laser light undergoing a wavelength shift as a result of the gravitational wave? ...
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How does back reflection damage optical cavity? [on hold]

I have a basic question.How does back reflection damage optical cavity?please help me.
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Simple derivation of the doppler limit and recoil limit

Im doing an essay on laser cooling, and I've got two questions about the derivation of the two limits. Firstly, in the derivation of the Doppler limit, it is stated in many places that the scattering ...
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How to represent a laser pulse in quantum optics

Every quantum optics textbook that I've found says something like "a coherent state represents the output of a laser", but a coherent state is a static thing (aside from the oscillating phase of the ...
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Will I see the light?

There is a perfectly smooth wall. We have a slit parallel to it. Through that a laser beam passes. As the slit is parallel to wall the laser beam will hit it normally. So now if I see obliquely I ...
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DIY optical band pass filter or another alternative

I need to detect laser using a solar cell which would need me to either detect the laser wavelength or use pulse modulation and detect the frequency so I'm kinda here to ask if it's possible to simply ...
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Shining a laser onto a mirror

Theoretically, if I shined a laser at a mirror at an angle of 0 degrees so that the light was perfectly reflected back to the light source, then I should not be able to see the light because it is not ...
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optoelectronics-smallest wavelength of light

Sorry this maybe a stupid question , but i need to know: A few minutes ago i have read an article about optoelectronics: worlds first optical single atom switch The writer of the article ...
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How would a laser gun actually work?

So, let's assume that the "laser gun / phaser / beam weapon" from all sorts of Sci Fi were an actual thing. You know - a weapon that uses a laser to kill somebody. I'm trying to imagine the physics ...
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Calculate required power output for a laser

How to calculate power rating required for a laser in order to produce a dot at a specific distance after reflection? For example, the laser is 10cm from the mirror, at an angel of 30 degrees it ...
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Why does a laser beam stay collimated?

I am looking for a simple way of explaining the collimation of a laser beam. The typical discussion of the two slit experiment of quantum theory relies heavily on the Huygens principle. Its ...
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Drawing in the air with lasers Question

Are there two different lasers that can be invisible when not overlapping, but visible when overlapping? I desire to build a hologram-ish thing, but with lasers. The system would use many lasers that ...
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What would happen if light was stored in a circular path? [closed]

This is like an idea for experiment. Lets say one has an optical cable that makes a circle. There is a little Y junction/valve to the circle, through which one pumps some coherent light in. 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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Is it possible to get a lasing from every luminescent media?

Let's assume that there is a cavity with a couple of mirrors and gain media between which possesses luminescence under some external excitation/pumping. Let the absolute quantum yield of the gain ...
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Particle-in-cell (PIC) code Virtual Laser Plasma Lab (VLPL)

I am writing a simulation code to model betatron X rays produced by electrons accelerated using laser wakefield acceleration (LWFA). I have heard about 3D PIC (Particle-in-Cell) code VLPL (Virtual ...
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Do free-electron lasers actually lase?

Free-electron lasers are devices which use the motion of highly energetic electron beams to produce bright, coherent radiation in the x-ray regime. More specifically, they start with a high-energy ...
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Natural linewidth of hyperfine levels?

The D2 line of $^{87}Rb$ is the transition between the $5^2$$P_{3/2}$ and the $5^2$$S_{1/2}$ states. Its linewidth $\Gamma$ is always quoted to be $\sim 6 MHz$. But both states have hyperfine ...
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Frequency modulation in laser locking - what frequency?

In laser locking, e.g. using the PDH technique, the light (say of frequency $f$) is modulated so as to add two symmetric sidebands of frequency $\Omega$. I know the maths, I understand how this leads ...
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Frequency combs: comb line spectra from periodic pulse train?

Stabilized frequency combs can be generated using femtosecond mode-locked lasers after $f_{CEO}$ and $f_{rep}$ stabilization. Numerous sources have also pointed out that the periodic pulse train ...
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If I aimed two identical lasers at a screen, what would the interference pattern look like? [duplicate]

If I aimed two identical lasers at a distant screen, what would the interference pattern look like? Could this be modelled as a wavefront passing through two slits, i.e. the double slit experiment? I ...
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Coupling into FC/APC fiber

I am currently attempting to couple a 405nm laser diode into FC/APC fibre. The fibre is mounted on a flexure stage approximately 15.3mm from an f=15.29mm lens. I have managed to couple into the core ...
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Stimulated Emission in Free-Electron Lasers

I've been reading about free-electron lasers these days. The basic principle is clear: In the undulator electrons spontaneousely emit synchrotron radiation. A self-attunement takes place, causing the ...
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Is an x-ray maser possible?

I was wondering if lasers evolved from masers. They applied the same principles to a different wavelength. Would it be possible to create a maser at a higher wavelength, using x-rays, gamma rays, ...
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Resources on solid state laser resonator design and modelling

I'm an experimentally oriented physics student and have been fascinated by lasers for a longer time. I'm currently building a diode-pumped, frequency-doubled Nd:YVO4 laser from scratch. Before I start ...
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Can you pass 400mJ laser light through a fiber?

What is the energy limit for fibre optics? For a dual-pulsed nd:yag laser firing at 10Hz with energy roughly 2x 400mJ, and pulse width ~5-10ns. My gut says that this is far too high to pass through ...
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Is Light Amplification Synchronise Electron/Positron Radiation possible?

Light Amplification Stimulated by Emission of Radiation vs Light Amplification by Sychronised Electron/Positron Radiation By applying a "custom" undulator(a series of powerful magnets) to break up ...
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Minimum Power Required to Maintain a Population Inversion

According to many sources, the minimum power required to maintain a population N in the upper level of a two level laser system is $$P_{min}=fA_{21}Nh\nu$$ where $f$ accounts for the lack of 100% ...
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What will happen in this LASER setup?

If I have 3 rectangular mirrors, say of dimensions length of 1 meter and width of 0.5 meter and I arrange them in the form of an equilateral triangle, which is of side 0.5 meter.(The mirrors are ...
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Book on spectroscopy (line dependency on parameters)

I am trying to find a book (undergraduate level) on Spectroscopy. I am interested in how molecular absorption lines depend on parameters like temperature and pressure (for example with gases). Can ...
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Laser cooling of atoms: more area or more power?

I want to optimise a Magneto-Optical trap. Laser beams come from the the x, y and z directions (positive and negative) and slow the atoms down. Would it be better to increase the beam spot-size ...
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Does laser light with less than the work function still ionise some atoms?

If a gas is illuminated with a laser of a frequency less than (but more than half of) the work function of the atoms in the gas, the atoms will be excited into Rydberg atoms. Is there a finite chance ...
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How can beam divergence be corrected for in a CO2 laser cutter?

I have a 90W RECI CO2 laser tube that I recently measured the beam divergence on. This was done by pointing the laser at a fire brick and melting it for a few seconds at different distances. Multiple ...
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Will high power laser penetrate mirror?

Many nations are developing hi-energy laser weapon. My question is, what if target is coated with mirror like coating? Can laser (since laser is still light) penetrate mirror? If it can then how is it ...
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Injection current modulation with a modulated RF signal to drive laser

I am using an RF modulated injection current to drive my laser in such a way that the modulation index = 0.8. At this point, I see the carrier and first sideband on the spectrum analyzer. If I now ...
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Laser-induced electrical discharge

Attracting lightning with an ion beam has been done in a lab but how strong of a laser is needed to reach the clouds to redirect the lightning bolt?
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What is crater's influence on laser ablation?

In many laser ablation experiments (especially Pulsed Laser Deposition), target is moving to avoid crater formation. But I can't find any source that says why it is needed to avoid it. So why is ...
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100x magnifying optics system for short laser pulse

I am now designing an experiment that consists of a 400 nm short pulse (~300 fs). In the experiment, we need to magnify the transverse profile of the pulse by 100x. That's the problem. I was ...
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How to increase/decrease laser pattern size

I have a laser pointer with a diffraction grating lens that creates a cross-hair, like the one seen below. I'd like to be able to increase or decrease the size of the cross-hair so that it may ...
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From power of a laser beam to electric field amplitude

In my experiment, I use a laser beam with wavelength $\lambda=894 \text{nm}$ for some magnetic resonance experiment. Right now, I'm doing some calculation using Quantum Mechanics, which requires the ...
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Visible light excitation by heavy particles [closed]

Can I excite visible light from an atom by a proton or muon beam? How would that be possible?
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How to measure 8 μm surface bumps?

I want to measure surface bumps which are larger in size than $8\ \mathrm{\mu m}$ on a uncoated plastic mirror. So it can be any number of smaller bumps and that would not effect the application. I ...
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Why shouldn't we shine laser light back into the laser?

After every laser there is an optical isolator that ensures the laser light cannot re-enter the laser, if reflected and sent back. What would actually happen if this were to happen? Would the laser ...
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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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Phase matching type 2 in a uniaxial material

A uniaxial nonlinear material has the following refractive indices for a laser of wavelength 1000 nm and its second harmonic: $$\begin{array}{c|c|c|} & \text{1000nm} & \text{500nm} \\ ...
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How can I change the angle of a laser without mechanical aid

I'm trying to figure out a way I can bend change the angle of the beam coming from a cheap laser diode or laser pointer on the fly. One thought I had was a small prism or mirror that is attached to a ...
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How to collimate the LASER light using an electric field? [closed]

The He-Ne laser beam is passed through electric field plates. What is the mechanism occururing there and the principle of LASER light interacting with electric field?
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Derivation of resonance condition for free electron lasers

In the book Principles of Free-electron Lasers by H. P. Freund and T. M. Antonsen, it is written that to get the resonance condition for a free electron laser, we start from ...
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Lasing in a 2-Level system?

What exactly is the difference between 2-Level, 3-Level and 4-Level systems? Why can we not achieve stimulated emission in a two-level system using optical pumping?