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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Sharp spot with laser diode

Hope this is the right forum. What components are required for optic system to project a sharp spot with laser diode on a target 10mm-30mm away of the light source? Sharp- means that the transition ...
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stimulated emission in lasers

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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Quantum random numbers from a laser — simplest setup?

I'm a software / maths guy who would like to build a physical setup for generating quantum random numbers. I have no physics background, so bear with me. Background The project is for a public ...
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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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What kind of other light sources can disturb the detection of LASER

My project objective is to detect different lasers , for example Laser Range Finder: pulse width 10ns and repetition rate is ...
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How 3D laser scanners find coordinates [on hold]

I'm interested in 3d laser scanners. And I have a few questions about the way they work: 1.When the distance from the laser to a point is calculated how do they know what is the time the beam took to ...
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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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How would a BEC respond to the gravitional force of a small mass so sensitively?

Recently I watched a BBC programme on anti-gravity, most of which was wishful thinking by NASA and BAe Systems 20 years ago. At the end of the program through, they did show what appeared to be a ...
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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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How can the thrust due to radiation pressure be amplified in photonic laser thruster?

The thrust is amplified due to repeated bouncing of photons between two mirrors as shown in the diagram in this: Why does repeated bouncing of photons produce amplified thrust when the answer in ...
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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 there a minimum population inversion necessary for lasing? [on hold]

Let's say I have a cavity built, with a lasing medium inside, positioned optimally. What are the conditions on the population inversion that must take place for lasing to occur?
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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? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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Optics to correct focal distance across a plane

I have a laser beam which is focused to a point at a certain distance. I'm then going to use a galvanometer to scan that beam across a plane. Obviously, as the beam scans across the plane, the ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How to find Intensity from field of train of pulses?

Lets say there is process that emits a field $E$ every half cycle of a driving laser pulse (in particular, high harmonic generation). The total field is $$ E(t) = \cdots + ...
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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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Laser mode locking

I don't understand why we need to do mode locking in laser to generate short impulse ? Indeed, If I see this picture from wikipedia : By using multiple frequencies and the limit conditions of my ...
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Can lasers lift objects?

I have been fascinated by a very intriguing question - Can lasers push objects up? I have done the below math to find out Lets say we have a $1000~\text{mW}$ laser and we would like to lift an ...
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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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Non-semiconductor CW laser types for 445-465nm

Am I missing something in this list of non-semiconductor CW laser types to get emission in the range of 445-465nm? Are there any crystals directly emitting in this range with UV pump? Currently I am ...
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Finding the appropriate fitting function for a coherence length measurement

I'm studying Coherent Optics in Experimental Physics, and I intend to determine the coherence length of a two beam interference. To do that, I used an He-Ne laser, a Michelson interferometer and a ...
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Does this length refer to wavelength or length? [closed]

In this question: A He-Ne laser emits red light of the wave length $\lambda = 632.8\ \mathrm{nm}$ with a beam diameter of $2.0\ \mathrm{mm}$ and a power output of $1.0\ \mathrm{mW}$ [...] (d) How ...
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Why must we use mode locked lasers?

Quick question: If I have a laser cavity with a bunch of harmonics under the gain curve: Why do I not always get a pulsed laser? EG: I mean since these harmonics exist in the cavity arn't they ...
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How can I find out allowed quantum transitions?

My active element is fluorine(F), I have an energy level diagram: So, i must choose the pump's channel and find out what quantum transitions are allowed. How can i do it?
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Timekeeping , optical clocks, and precision

I am having trouble understanding something: The concept of time measurement. So I want to simply this as much as possible to get an intuitive understanding: We define the second by the time it ...
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Why is a two level laser impossible to make? [duplicate]

I would like to know why it is impossible to have a two level laser ? Indeed if I write the equations (I neglect here the spontaneous emission), I have : $\frac{dN_2}{dt}=W(\omega).B.(N1-N2)$ and ...
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What determines laser frequency?

I am studying Lasers and frequency combs - and am not quite understanding something. I understand the working principle of a laser, and thought the Laser output frequency is just the energy gap ...
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why is it that the photon incident on metastable state stimulates atom to go into ground state but not to even higher energy state?

isnt it possible that photon incident on atoms at metastable state goes to further high energy state rather than the ground state? whilist there is always that stimulated emisson taking place. why ?
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What is the amplitude of the electric field in a laser?

I'm looking for reliable informations about the amplitude (not the intensity), in volt/meter, of the electric field in a typical laser. Or in other words : what are the typical amplitudes of the ...
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What does “Polarization Gradient Cooling” mean?

I'm well versed with what "Polarization Gradient Cooling" refers to, as in how the process works and what the term refers to, but the term itself baffles me. What is a "Polarization Gradient"? The ...
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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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The Nonlinear Schrodinger Equation (NLSE) [closed]

I am trying to show that the NLSE: $$\frac{\partial A(z,T)}{\partial z} = -i \frac{\beta_2}{2} \frac{\partial^2A}{\partial T^2} + i \gamma |A|^2 A$$ may be cast in the form: $$\frac{\partial ...
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What's the procedure of “Chirped Pulse Amplification Process”?

We have a pump source, single-frequency green laser, with such properties:power 14w;wavelength 532nm. We have another seed source, mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser, with such properties: wavelength ...
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Diffraction pattern from laser shone on coffe-filter plastered on glass pane

I make an ordinary coffe filter wet and plaster it on a glass pane. I then shine a laser onto the filter (on the side of the pane with the coffe filter). When I do this, I see what I assume is an ...
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Range of modern laser beam

Is today there the prospect of communication using lasers a distance of approx. 50-150 light-years? If so, what is the maximum range which can be achieved with modern laser power, eg. 1000W? We assume ...
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Why not just pump directly to the $3^\mathrm{rd}$ level directly in a $4$-level laser system?

In a 4-level laser system, the pumping is usually from level 1 (the ground state) to level 4 (the highest-energy state). Image source Why do such schemes not pump directly to the third level? Will ...
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Light scattering - creating an atmosphere that a laser will be visible in

I need to show the beams of red, green, yellow and violet lasers 100mW Red + 40mW Green for a demonstration in a darkened room that holds 150 people. The room has sensitive fire alarms that use ...
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Laser power consumption vs power output [closed]

I have a 5 mW laser pen powered by a 1000 mAh 3.7 volt battery that takes over 2 hours to recharge. It drains it in 15 minutes. Why is it only called 5 milliwatts output if it is consuming 14.8 W?