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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Minimum Power Required to Maintain a Population Inversion

According to many sources, the minimum power required to maintain a population N in the upper level of a two level laser system is $$P_{min}=fA_{21}Nh\nu$$ where $f$ accounts for the lack of 100% ...
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How to increase/decrease laser pattern size

I have a laser pointer with a diffraction grating lens that creates a cross-hair, like the one seen below. I'd like to be able to increase or decrease the size of the cross-hair so that it may ...
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Why shouldn't we shine laser light back into the laser?

After every laser there is an optical isolator that ensures the laser light cannot re-enter the laser, if reflected and sent back. What would actually happen if this were to happen? Would the laser ...
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Spectral Line- Width

How does the spectral line-width of light source (let that be ordinary light, LED, LASER etc.) decides for which communication purpose it will be used for ? Is it like spectral line-width effects the ...
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Why do we see brown light?

While researching about lasers (it's my hobby), it suddenly hit me: there are lasers for every color of the visible spectrum, but there are no brown lasers. Brown isn't even on the rainbow. How is it ...
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Optical pumping without stimulated emission

If I want to pump Rubidium 87 atoms From fg = 2 to fe=1 level with a laser tuned to D1 transition and avoid stimulated emission then it is sufficient that I use a laser power which gives me an ...
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Gaussian beam shape

In this diagram of a Gaussian beam, why does the radius vary with z position? Is it assumed that a Gaussian beam is always being focus by a lense? Why can the beam not go any smaller than $w_0$ and ...
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Why lasers and not light? [closed]

Some laser applications consist simply concentrating light into a small spot (e.g., image projection, welding, cutting, etc.). Why are lasers used instead of a simpler light source?
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What wavelengths to combine to get 488nm?

Is it possible to combine a blue and green lasers to get cyan? If I used 405nm and 532nm, would I get (405+532)/2= 468.5nm? Is this a correct calculation?
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Convert normal white light to laser-like light?

Is there a probable device that can convert white light to laser-like light without the need of an electrical stage in-between? I'm thinking of something along this level. A very precise filter and ...
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Why does light from a laser end up in a concentrated spot?

I've heard from several people that photons will always take the past of least action while travelling, so why does laser light projected on a surface appear concentrated to a single spot when ...
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How to represent a laser pulse in quantum optics

Every quantum optics textbook that I've found says something like "a coherent state represents the output of a laser", but a coherent state is a static thing (aside from the oscillating phase of the ...
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What would a laser beam's E-M waves actually look like if you zoomed in?

I am trying to understand how a real world beam of laser actually reflects the physics description of oscillating electromagnetic waves. So say we are looking side on at a vertically polarized laser ...
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Can stimulated emitted photons be absorbed?

Typically a stimulated photon will be one of a pair with its stimulating photon. If the leading photon is absorbed by a particle in the ground state, will it then be re-emited by the stimulated ...
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Do acousto-optic modulators shift the frequency of the diffracted beams?

Today I read an introduction on an optical device called an acousto-optic modulator, which is used in many optical experiments. It is the first time I have heard of this element. The material showed ...
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Max temperature that can be obtained from radiation source when nonlinear interaction with matter is important?

Using a black body radiation as furnace it is usually said that the max achievable $T$ is limited to the T of the source. So a source of 3000K can not be used to heat a body above 3000K. A long ...
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Derivation for 7.14 in Atomic Physics by Foot

I was going thru Ch7 of Foot and trying to fill in the gaps. However I got stuck on (7.14). So Foot was working with a two level system with a small perturbation in the Hamiltonian resulted from an ...
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Limits of laser spectroscopy for determining size of a molecule or particle

Say you have a number of particles respectively molecules suspended in air. The diameter of the particles $d_{particle}$ are of the order 1 to 100nm. Can you actually, i.e. in practice, measure the ...
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about waveplate and polarization

I have a throlabs half- and quarter-wave plate with rotation plate. There shown the angle scales and a line denotes the fast axis. But what does the angle mean? I do some research and someone said the ...
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Jones formalism for calculating quarter waveplate angle for circular polarized light

I am planning to change the polarization of a vertically linear polarized laser to circular polarized light with the help of a quarter waveplate. I know the final result: I have to rotate the fast ...
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Einstein coefficients for emission/absorption and energy density

When dealing with a system of two energy levels $E_1$ and $E_2$ in laser theory, the following rate equations are written: $$\frac{d N_1}{dt} = A_{21}N_2 - B_{12} \rho ( \nu ) N_1 + B_{21} \rho ( \nu ...
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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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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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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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Are there any CO2-Laser notch filters? [closed]

I'm searching for a notch (band-stop) filter (like [1]) for a 10.6 $\mu$m CO$_2$-Laser and I have yet to find one. Is there some physical reason such filters don't exist or is there just no demand? ...
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Does a laser beam converge and diverge without lens?

In the case of $TEM_{00}$ mode laser produces gaussian beam. I read in wikipedia that it converges till some point called 'beam waist'and then it diverges to infinity. If there is a lens placed along ...
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Simple derivation of the doppler limit and recoil limit

Im doing an essay on laser cooling, and I've got two questions about the derivation of the two limits. Firstly, in the derivation of the Doppler limit, it is stated in many places that the scattering ...
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Material that changes transparency when lased from side?

I am into photonics research, and have been searching about this topic in vain, but almost nothing from Google shows up. So i turned here for some light. Do you guys know any material that changes ...
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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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Power of several focused laser beams on a small surface

After viewing this: My Homemade 40W Laser Shotgun Will the initial 40W power of the diodes beams be roughly transferred to the targeted surface where the 8 beams are focused, or will there be a power ...
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Could laser speckle patterns be used in diagnosing vision defects?

At the London Science Museum some years back, I saw a device which projected a laser speckle pattern and had a sign explaining that it would appear stationary for people whose eyes were correctly ...
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Using attosecond laser pulses to view electrons

It is often said in popular media sources that creating shorter and shorter laser pulses will allow us to view electron dynamics as they happen in chemical reactions. This is obviously beneficial in ...
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How to choose laser goggles for low-power laser of specific wavelength

I need to choose laser goggles to shield eyes against 678 (+/-8) nanometer laser (5mW power). The laser has a red beam. I found for example some goggles that are sold for 650nm, with a blue lens. ...
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How does airborne laser system deflect the laser beam?

In the Airborne Laser system, the laser beam is directed from the nose of a Boeing airplane towards the target. In this system, the angle of laser beam with respect to airplane body can be changed at ...
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Why does an external laser drive only couples certain levels?

I was always wondering how is it that all the quantum optics levels schemes are depicted as if the laser couples only two certain levels with some frequency. For exmaple the standard lambda system ...
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How is photon time of flight/range over sub-millimeter distances measured?

I was reading a paper that described how the force a low-thrust torsion pendulum was measured. In it, the paper states a laser is bounced off a mirror and the displacement is "...based upon the beam ...
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What is the difference between emission wavelength and lasing wavelength?

I'm reading an article on liquid crystal lasers and they're saying periodicity determines lasing wavelength and cavity geometry determines emission wavelength. What is the difference?
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Laser excitation of Phonon Modes

Can a laser only excite optical modes? The name appears to have historical significance in terms of the sodium ion, but I presume it must be true when looking at the dispersion relationship (the ...
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How organic impurities in the air affects laser?

We have a Nd YAG laser pumped Optical Parameter Oscillator in our lab. A technician came to our lab (my professor called him for its maintenance) and while he was working on it, he told me that ...
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how laser interact with atoms?

I am reading a book introducing basic concept of laser. It is pretty shocking to me that people can generate beam with almost all photons in the same state. In the book, it said that a two-level atoms ...
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Quantum yield and spontaneous decay

I'm trying to figure out how many atoms are decaying spontaneously in a span of 2 seconds. Let's say that the quantum yield is 0.45, and that the lifetime "τ" (tau) is 10 microseconds. Then I found ...
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Calculating laser wavelength/power to cause emission of light in a gas?

I've become interested in volumetric displays. In particular I'm looking at a pair of lasers scanning a volume of gas such that the intersection of the lasers would supply enough energy to cause the ...
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Why does heterodyne laser Doppler vibrometry require a modulating frequency shift?

On the wikipedia article (and other texts such as Optical Inspections of Microsystems) for laser Doppler vibrometry, it states that a modulating frequency must be added such that the detector can ...
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Can energy be extracted from clouds?

Can cloud charge imbalance be used as an energy source? First off quite some energy must be present in clouds: a lightning path is quite long, and electrical breakdown of air requires about 1MV/m. ...
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Femtosecond-Camera Update

Hopefully I've posted in the correct page. Honestly, I wasn't really sure where to post... Around 2012 or so, Ramesh Raskar gave a TED talk about a femtosecond-camera produced at MIT. It has a good ...
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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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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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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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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 ...