Fundamentals of Lasers and Non-Linear Optics
Devendra Kumar Mishra, PhD
Subhash Chandra Singh, PhD

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Fundamentals of Lasers and Non-Linear Optics

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This new book covers the essentials of linear interactions and most of the nonlinear interactions between light and matter. It also provides a basic knowledge of modern lasers, as well as the principles of nonlinear optics. The volume aims to deliver a complete knowledge about all types of lasers, their construction and design along with their principles operation with the basics of laser physics.

The book will be organized into two parts: Part 1 is focused on the fundamentals of lasers while the Part 2 deals with the basics and advancements in non-linear optics. Part 1 will start with the fundamentals of lasers and then go on to the modification in basic laser structure for their advancements. The author will discuss different types of lasers, e. g., solid state lasers, atomic and molecular lasers, dye lasers, fast and ultrafast lasers operating in UV, vacuum UV, and X-ray regions. Part 2 will begin with introductory discussions about non-linear optics with the discussions on higher order non-linear effects.
With recent advancements in non-linear optics, it is exciting to study quantum non-linear optics, which has potential applications in quantum information processing as well as in optical communication.

The volume will include a large number of illustrations, examples, and descriptive tables along with many solved and unsolved exercises. Graduate and postgraduate students in physics, as well as other related sciences, will find this book a thorough introduction to the field, while for professors, scientists, and instructors, it offers a rich source of useful information and a handy reference.

Part 1: Fundamentals of lasers
Chapter 1: Introduction of lasers
1.1 Historical development
1.2 Basic construction and principle of lasing
1.3 Einstein relations and gain coefficient
1.4 Multi level systems for attaining condition of population inversion
1.5 Threshold gain coefficient for lasing
1.6 Optical Resonator
1.7 Laser modes
1.8 Characteristics of laser beam
Chapter 2: Modification in basic laser structure
2.1 Mode locking
2.2 Q-switching
2.3 Pulse shaping
Chapter 3: Types of lasers and their operations
3.1 Solid laser
3.2 Gas Laser
3.3 Liquid laser
Chapter 4: EUV/VUV lasers- Principles and their operations
4.1 Free electron lasers
4.2 X-ray Lasers
4.3 Higher Harmonic Generation
Chapter 5: Ultrafast lasers; Principles and operations
5.1 Constructions and operation
5.2 Beam compression
5.3 Chirped pulse amplification
5.4 Optical parametric oscillation
5.5 Generation and characterization of attosecond laser pulses

PART 2: Nonlinear Optics
Chapter 6: Nonlinear Optical Media
Chapter 7: Second-Order Nonlinear Optics
7.1 Second-Harmonic Generation and Rectification
7.2 The Electro-Optic Effect
7.3 Three-Wave Mixing
7.4 Phase Matching
7.5 Optical Frequency Conversion
7.6 Optical Parametric Amplification and Oscillation
Chapter 8: Third-Order Nonlinear Optics
8.1 Third-Harmonic Generation and Optical Kerr Effect
8.2 Self-Phase Modulation and Self-Focusing
8.3 Cross-Phase Modulation
8.4 Four-Wave Mixing
8.5 Optical Phase Conjugation
Chapter 9: Non-linear Quantum Optics

About the Authors / Editors:
Devendra Kumar Mishra, PhD
Physics Department, Vallabhram Saligram Mehta College of Science, Uttar Pradesh, India

Subhash Chandra Singh, PhD
Laser Spectroscopy and Nanomaterials Laboratory, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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