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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Can very high power laser beams self focus in vacuum?

I first recall reading about such an effect in a SF story entitled "Rails Across the Galaxy" which involved self focusing laser beams. And in a science paper here
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Can you use a laser to measure the speed of light with a rotating mirror?

I have learned that the classical measurement of the speed of light with a rotating mirror does not work with a laser (as opposed to, say, a mercury-vapor lamp). Can you tell me if and how coherency ...
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Generated wavelength of free electron laser

Could you please help me understand how one can measure output frequency of free electron laser (provided that we know size of magnetic domains and electron energy)? This should be a function of ...
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Does the gain medium in a laser need to be replenished?

Just what the title states. The gain medium in a gas/fluid laser works by shedding stimulant energy. My elementary knowledge of physics tells me a photon is mass-less. Ergo, photon emission would ...
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about laser wavelength and wave form

I watched a short introduction video online. There are few concepts which are a bit confusing. 1) The video said the laser is single mode (monochromatic), the wavelength is 780nm, so what is that ...
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Laser cutting - ignition

How is that sometimes laser cutting by burning material or "flame cutting" causes ignition of the whole material like here where the whole paper starts to burn and sometimes doesn't allowing precise ...
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How to shift a laser wavelength?

Recently I have read something about the laser surface velocimeter, and after I have to rebuild from scratch (university project), I got a question: In the description they wrote that one of the laser ...
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Is Initial Coherence a Problem in Experiments?

In experiments, or optical setups, is the initial coherence of lasers something to be concerned about? You can calculate interference patterns, but those generally rely on the phase shift between the ...
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In what applications are lasers necessary vs. just convenient?

I’m trying to understand, given the wide array of current laser applications: Which applications actually require laser characteristics, as opposed to just use lasers because they are the most ...
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Having nano-scale holes in metal, possible today?

I am considering to design a gas filtering system that is based on the size of gas molecules. Basic idea is to flow mixed gas in a long pipe, and to allow CO2 to get of pipe through nano-size holes ...
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How does one measure the frequency of a laser?

I am taking a short introduction course on lasers. I never knew that the frequency of a laser is so high for a given wavelength (e.g. 780nm). I am wondering how people can measure the frequency of the ...
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Increasing the maximum angle of laser scanners with optics?

With laser scanning devices, very roughly speaking, the maximum deflection angle seems to be inversly proportional to speed. So for example, while acousto-optic deflectors can steer the beam very ...
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Non resonant modes in cavity

I have a simple question. Suppose we have a laser with a cavity such that the frequency of the light that the laser emits does not match with any longitudinal modes allowed by the cavity. In ...
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Does a laser beam have to hit the eyes in order to damage them?

Does a laser beam have to hit the eyes in order to damage them? Or can a persons eyes get damaged by looking at a beam that goes past their eyes (e.g. looking at a laser beam moving inside an ...
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Is it possible for two holograms to be on the same holographic film?

I was thinking if you could use a laser of a specific frequency to write a hologram on a film, and then to try to record over the same film but with a laser of another frequency the the first. Is it ...
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Modeling the free space propagation of laser beams using Fourier transforms

I am trying to model the propagation of a laser beam in free space. I have an initial field $E_{in}(x,z=0)$ (a Gaussian beam) and need to find the fields at other points on the optical axis $E(x,z=d)$ ...
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What is the amplifying medium in a laser diode?

I know it seems like a trivial question, but I can't seem to find the answer anywhere. So - what is the amplifying medium in a laser diode? Meaning: In a classical laser resonator, there a substance ...
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Atomic transitions and density: clarification

A laser passes though a cell containing vapor of an alkaline element which causes atomic transitions. I was told that the formula for the atomic density in a Rubidium cell, for example, is given by: ...
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Lasers and Collimation

If lasers are collimated, what causes them to decollimate? Their production system seems to suggest a completely linear, collimated light source, but they do spread out over large distances. The same ...
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Optical trapping problem

Can we make light slower by applying optical trapping (I mean applying laser beam to lower the speed of light)?
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Why does a coulomb explosion induce fusion?

If you strip the valence electrons apart with a very short intense electromagnetic field the remaining core explodes in a so called coulomb explosion. But experiments have shown that under certain ...
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What is 'tilt locking' of a laser cavity?

In another question, jasonh mentions a scheme for locking a laser to a resonant cavity called 'tilt locking': The signal is used for locking the frequency of a laser to a high finesse cavity. The ...
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Why we don't see long range airborne CO2 lasers?

I wonder, why http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_YAL-1 is not CO2 one? Are the issues with air transparency at 10um? Or it's impossible to focus on large distances due to diffraction?
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Coherence length interference pattern

I recently watched this video that illustrates a laser's coherence length: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LixwAXsN8vg I've learned in class that coherence length of a laser with several wavelengths ...
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Propulsion force on a laser pointer?

How to calculate propulsion force on a laser pointer in reaction to the emitted light power in watts? Should I just divide power by speed of light? Since power is energy per unit of time, hence ...
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Short Laser pulse in near field bandwidth

Is there a way to create a short laser pulse that has, at least in the near field, a very narrow frequency range?
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Practical Uses of Laser Attenuation

In my college physics lab, I am studying the attenuation of a laser through different concentrations of copper sulfate. I am curious about the practical uses of laser attenuation. Why do we study it? ...
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Stimulated emission in Nd:silica glass, energy levels broadening and lasers

It is known that due to absence of uniform crystalline structure in Nd-doped glasses (comparing to Nd:YAG and Nd:YVO4 crystals) energy levels of Nd+ are significantly broadened. This means that we ...
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Laser beam divergence

How can I calculate the divergence of a laser beam by diffraction? I want to find the following relation, $$ \Delta\Omega = \frac{\lambda^2}{A}, $$ where $\lambda$ is the wavelength and $A$ is the ...
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Optical fibre modes and intensity pattern

I shine laser line in front of one side of multimode optical fibre.Light coming out of other side is projected into wall.Whether the intensity pattern seen on wall is same as the mode of propagation ...
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Are Verdet Constants Temperature Dependent?

The Verdet constant of a magneto-optical material shows up in the calculation of the rotation of polarized light in a medium submerged in a magnetic field. The amount of rotation is given by $$ ...
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Optical coherence tomography

In Optical Coherence Tomography, Broader bandwidth/low coherence light sources are used. Is it only because to increase the resolution or are there any other reasons? What will happen if we use a high ...
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How does optical phase modulation produce photons with different frequencies?

The classical description of electro-optic modulators is an index of refraction that depends on the applied voltage. For example, for a sine modulation $\sin(\Omega t)$, a monochromatic laser of ...
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Factors that make beam divergence worse after refocusing

A beam of light of width $W$ and wavelength $\lambda$ with divergence that is diffraction-limited is refocused with an optical element placed at a distance $D$ from the beam source. Will the refocused ...
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Validity of Einstein Coefficient Derivations

Consider a two-level energy gap with electronic energy states $E_1$ & $E_2$ and associated population densities $n_1$ and $n_2$ with $E_2>E_1$. In the derivation of the Einstein coefficients ...
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What's the big deal with Nd:YAG rods?

I see the prices of Nd:YAG rods for lasers, and could someone explain why they are so expensive? Do they need to be mono-crystalline or something? Will Nd:YAG laser work with ...
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Is it possible to efficiently extract phonons from a lattice?

The population inversion generated in lasers occurs in multi-level atomic systems. As an example, the Nd:YAG energy diagram is shown below. The pump pushes the Nd ions up to the upper levels, and ...
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Carbon fibre laser beam dump material?

A few years ago I came across a material used as a high power laser beam dump. It was made from carbon fibre which looked like a mat made of high density bristles ie all the fibres on the top of the ...
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2 level atomic system interacting with Black body radiation. Relaxation time issue

I am studying the transient regime of a 2 level atomic system ($N_1,N_2$) interacting with a blackbody radiation from a source at constant temperature $T_{nr}$. The initial state of the atomic system ...
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How does a laser emit light in a coherent state?

Lasers work by stimulated emission of atomic transitions. Stimulated emission produces two photons which, because the particle number is well-defined, projects the field into a Fock state. However, it ...
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What could cause the gradual loss (or change) of power in a CO2 laser over a long period (e.g. a year)?

For example, if it were a 10W CW CO2 laser that were used for ~45 minutes per day over a period of a year. Would you expect a slight reduction in power with age? Does the dissociation of CO2 occur ...
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How to propagate a (tilted) gaussian beam through a telecentric f-theta-lens

My questions has two parts: First of all let's assume I have a gaussian beam and I send it through a telecentric f-$\theta$-lens (e.g. http://specialoptics.com/products/scanning_confocal.html) with ...
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Would a giant satellite laser work as a weapon?

If someone built a satellite to float about in space, which used mirrors to focus and magnify energy from the sun directly into one direct spot (like in the James Bond film Die Another Day) would it ...
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List of laser-cooled atoms and ions

I'm familiar with the requirements for an atom or ion to be cool-able with laser cooling -- a closed transition -- or close enough that the leaks can be plugged with repumpers. But is there a list of ...
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Resonance condition in confocal cavity

In a confocal cavity, a beam traverses the length of the resonator 4 times between two transmissions along the same ray. . For example, in the above figure, path difference between two beams that ...
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Determine laser cavity modal content from beating / interference?

I'm trying to better understand the modal content and dynamics of laser cavities. I'm specifically interested in mode-locking, although this question is pretty general and applies to CW lasers too. I ...
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Laser divergence/convergence over large distance

I have hit a roadblock in my simulation, where there are 2 authors with contradicting equations on the model. So I have simulated both, and drew it out for a few diameters. My dish size is 40m. I am ...
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Laser Transverse/Longitudnal Modes

When we say Laser transverse modes. Is that mean what we will get at the output spot of laser beam ? secondly In practice , what TEM01 or TEMnm means ?
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Why is Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) preferred over Erbium Doped Waveguide Amplifier (EDWA)?

Why is Erbium Doped Fiber Amplifier (EDFA) preferred over Erbium Doped Waveguide Amplifier (EDWA)? The question has been asked from an engineering point of view, but obviously I would also be ...
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Macroscopic chromodynamics

Lately I've been reading about gamma ray lasing phenomena, and I've been wondering about the applications of this. More concretely, the above fantastic question led me to wonder if we could somehow ...