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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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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Dispersion in ultrafast lasers

In mode-locked Ti:sapphire lasers, positive dispersion is caused mainly by the crystal. A prism pair placed in the laser resonator can compensate for some of the dispersion by introducing negative ...
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Intersecting Lasers

What happens at the point of intersection of 2 lasers. If 2 lasers of different colour intersect, what will be happening at the point of intersection? Won't colour mixing happen?? Won't that point ...
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does photon travels in a helical path in an optical vortex?

The wave front of the optical vortex beam is helical. Does it mean that the photon travels in a helical path? When the optical vortex beam is focused on a screen, an annular ring with dark center is ...
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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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Why does a circle of light appear when I shine a laser pointer at a wire? [duplicate]

When I point a laser at a wire , a circle of light appears on a wall behind it . why this happens. What is the circle of light and why does it appear? Could anyone give some tips on what I should ...
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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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Does laser beam expand along distance or not? [duplicate]

Why does laser dot become bigger at bigger distance? e.g: from millimeter to inches so that it distracts pilots in aircrafts. I knew that laser beam should't expand over distance, but remain stable. ...
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Inertial frames and Sagnac interferometers

Let's posit: I am in orbit around a large body, like a planet, and I am close enough to be tidally locked to the large body. Am I in an inertial frame? Even without looking at the stars, couldn't ...
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Stimulated emission in LASER

I have been reading about how lasers function : A photon is used for stimulated emission of electrons from the metastable state to a lower energy state. What I don't understand is : How can "giving" ...
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What causes this pattern in the reflection of a laser on a screen? [duplicate]

When I shine a red laser behind me at a wall I see a strange reflection occurring on my laptop screen Why does this happen? The pattern on my screen occurs exactly where the laser is hitting the wall. ...
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Limits on the information obtained through optical measurements

Consider a Gedankenexperiment shown in the figure below. There are two lasers $S1$ and $S2$ with exactly the same specifications on paper. In practice, they are of course somewhat different but ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Levitation rotation speed involving laser acceleration, pyrolytic graphite and a vacuum

The experment would involve a small NIB magnet levitating between or on the diamagnetic material pyrolytic graphite, unlike other forms of levitation this doesn't require power to run such as ...
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How is the “negative dispersion” derived?

I'm looking at Kopfermann H., Ladenburg R., Nature, 122, 338-339 (1928) and it appears Ladenburg in Ladenburg R., Z.Physik, 4, 451-468 (1921) was the first to discover the phenomenon of "negative ...
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Maxwell's Demon - laser cooling

There’s an interesting article on Scientific American that tells how to cool individual atoms to within a very tiny fraction of Absolute Zero. It uses two laser beams acting on a very cold rarified ...
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Consistently oscillating micron sized particles in a liquid

I have an idea that would involve the measurement of an oscillating substance whilst the substance is immersed in a liquid. However, the method that I would use to measure the frequency of these ...
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How far can light go?

When a ray of light is projected, (say) from the surface of Earth to outside in space. The condition is that, there is no obstruction to it till infinity (it travels only in vaccum). My question is ...
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Average of $\sin^2 \omega t$, $\cos^2 \omega t$ for long times

I don't understand how the averages mentioned in excerpt below work out. The question is regarding calculating the power spectrum of an oscillating classical dipole. IS averaging over long periods, ...
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Can one build a laser using spontaneous emission?

We use stimulated emission and not spontaneous emission to produce lasers. Why is this? Can't we produce lasers by the spontaneous emission method?
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White Laser Light

I have heard that recently researchers have developed white laser light by combining semiconductor laser sources of different colors. However, I have heard that before these lasers become a practical ...
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What limits laser pulse duration to single cycle?

Why pulses shorter than single cycle cannot propagate in free space ? Is there fundamental reason or it is engineering ? Is it possible for a laser pulse to have bandwidth that can support half cycle ...
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Selectively visible laser beam with a controllable means

How can parts of a laser beam be made visible while others left invisible using something electronically controllable (for example, another laser beam crossing it, or a magnetic field, or heat, etc).
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How can a laser pointer have range of several kilometers in atmosphere?

Laser pointers manufacturers claim that some pointers have range of several kilometers. Okay, they use a powerful laser, but that powerful laser usually has power less than one watt. Okay, the laser ...
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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 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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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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How to measure the size of a laser dot?

I'm not a physicist, that's why I'm asking you if there is maybe an easy way (e.g. a mathematical law) to measure the size of a laser dot, or its diameter. The setup It contains a laser, a high ...