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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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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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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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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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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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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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 CCD....
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 U(z,\...
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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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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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combination of lenses for undefined focal length

Good morning! I am not an optics specialist, but I need to know if it's possible to do what I tried to visualise in my picture. Basicly I want to merge two beams into one. I am thinking of using a ...
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How are professional laser shows done [closed]

How are professional laser shows done ? I need an explanation of the phenomenon of a laser visible in mid air ,(NOT THE APPARATUS USED which means I don't want the engineering aspect of it,I only want ...
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Can I simulate the motion of resonant scanner with a laser beam incidence and reflection using Comsol? Or I need to use different software?

I'd like to see the motion of the beam incidence onto a resonant scanner travels with 20 degrees wide. It is important to see the reflection inside a closed hollow geometry
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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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What is the difference between ultrafast laser and normal laser?

I was reading an article of latest innovation and i came across this 'ultrafast laser' term. What is the difference between it and the laser we normally refer?
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Can you concencrate paralel laser beams?

I've seen some videos of laser toys but they all seem to use either one laser or lens with some specific range of focus. What I was thinking is this: But it seems like it might violate the 2nd law ...
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Can a simple harmonic oscillator describe Rabi oscillations?

I've been trying to simulate a resonant laser oscillation of a two level atom with Rabi frequency $\Omega$ and a rate of spontaneous emission $\Gamma$. So the wavefunction would be $\mid \Psi\rangle = ...
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Can a beam splitter distinguish between more than two polarizations?

The following is based on a very basic understanding of lasers, that may be approximate or altogether completely erroneous. Given a (single-mode) laser beam, a beam-splitting polarizer ...
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Can a laser beam be captured in prism?

is there a way to shoot a laser at a prism (or something) and have it glow when the laser hits it? I want to make a small box with a small hole in it. With the prism in the box, when the laser is ...
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Why does a mirror split my laser beam?

Last night my daughter was asking why a mirror "always does that" (referring to reflecting a spot of light). To help her figure it out, I grabbed my green laser pointer so she could see the light ...
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What's the difference between stimulated and spontaneous emission in lasers and diodes?

I know that an LED emits light by spontaneous emission. To get more coherent and Monochromatic light, we should use a laser. What is the reason that laser light is the most coherent and ...
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Can a high-watt laser's scattering light be damaging to the eyes? [closed]

Heyo, I recently purchased a S3 Arctic Class IV laser pointer. I bought the 3500mW. (In case that page expires, it's 445nm wavelength, 1.5mRad variant, NOHD is 279m, beam distance at 0.25 Lux 72km.) ...
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Introductory books or good review paper on Free Electron Lasers

I am looking for a beginners' book on Free Electron Lasers, particularly regarding the principles of the mechanism rather than the details of the implementation. I am particularly interested on the ...
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“Classical” Coherence

I'm having a couple of courses where the concept of coherence is quite important. I know the traditional definition of coherence and it's connection to the phase of a wave. But often, I found, that ...
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Laser shone at liquid jet

When a liquid jet of water falls in laminar flow, it hits a surface. If this contact point, between the surface and the jet, is illuminated by a laser. Rings of light can be seen forming around the ...
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Stimulated emission process in lasers, Is the atom making transition a correct statement?

I was studying the Lasers, there is a section on absorption and the author is giving the statement as "An atom in lower energy state E1 may absorb the incident photon and may be excited to E2 . This ...
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LASERS: How do we get all the emitted photons of equal wavelength & equal phase? [duplicate]

As far as the working of lasers is concerned, I was convinced till the part that the light flashes on a ruby stone and the electrons are excited and then again go back to their ground state and then ...
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Compare how much a coherent laser visible green light beam spreads out with a incoherent green light beam.

Suppose I am mathematically modeling a visible green laser pointer beam which starts from the ground and ends up a half mile or full mile in the sky, projected upon an aircraft window 2 inches thick. ...
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how to find a laser beam

Let's say that you want to know if there is a laser beam around a big area, like a stadium. Or an airport. How could you detect and find a such laser beam (could be by a laser pointer or something ...
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Is there any issue/concern for a slight wavelength shift of the laser light in the LIGO experiments? [duplicate]

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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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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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 claims:"...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...