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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Is the Pauli exclusion principle also involved in free electrons?

Imagine I want to make a laser of electrons like a laser of light. Is that possible, or does the Pauli exclusion principle prohibit that?
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Laser speckle reduction for integration time of microseconds

How to reduce laser speckle noise for an imaging system that demands integration times of microseconds? I am aware of these two commercial solutions: Optotune laser speckle reducer. It has a ...
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Why is a laserpointer able to “erase” a glow-in-the-dark sticker?

a while ago I tried to charge a glow-in-the-dark sticker using a simple red laser pointer. It was a large sticker, of the type used to mark emergency exits and fire extinguishers here in Germany. I ...
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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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Clarification regarding atmospheric opacity

I have taken a look at the related questions Can someone explain to me the concept of atmosphere opacity? and Why can spacecraft observe terrestrial gamma rays, but terrestrial observers not ...
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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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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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Is the light emitted by a laser a 'beam' or a 'ray'? [closed]

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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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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Is it really possible to break the speed of light by flicking your wrist with a laser pointer?

Minutephysics has a popular YouTube video called "How to break the speed of light". In the video it states that if you flick your wrist while pointing a laser that reaches the moon, that the spot of ...
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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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Three polarizers, 45° apart

If light is passed through two polarizing filters before arriving at a target, and both of the filters are oriented at 90° to each other, then no light will be received at the target. If a third ...
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Would a laser with four possible energy levels be better than three?

I'm wondering about achieving population inversion for a laser. I learned that without an active medium, it's not possible to create a laser with only two energy levels, but it would be possible with ...
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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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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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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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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 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_{tot}(t) = \cdots + E(t-2\pi/\omega)-E(t-\...
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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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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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How does one calculate the minimum spectral linewidth in cm$^{-1}$ of a 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 [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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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 ...