Überblick:Pressestimmen From reviews of the first edition: '… offers a guide to all you ever wanted to know about lasers.' Tania Monteiro New Scientist Über das Produkt Laser Fundamentals provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the physical and engineering principles of laser operation and design. Simple explanations based on key underlying concepts lead the reader logically from the basics of laser action to advanced topics in laser physics and engineering. This 2004 second edition has much new material especially in the areas of solid-state lasers semiconductor lasers and laser cavities. Synopsis A well-known introduction to the physical and engineering principles of laser operation and design for graduates and researchers who specialize in lasers this second edition includes much new material especially in the areas of solid-state lasers semiconductor lasers and laser cavities. Throughout the text this book uses simple explanations on key concepts to lead the reader from the basics of laser action to advanced topics in laser physics and engineering. The new edition contains a new chapter on laser operation above threshold including extensive discussion of laser amplifiers. Thorough explanations worked examples and many homework problems make this book essential reading for undergraduates and first-year graduates in science and engineering taking courses on lasers. Researchers will find summaries of key types of lasers the use of many unique theoretical descriptions and the extensive bibliography a valuable source of reference for their careers. Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende William Silfvast received a BSc degree in both physics and mathematics and a PhD in physics from the University of Utah. In 1990 he joined the faculty of the University of Central Florida in Orlando Florida where he was Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering as well as a member of the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL). In 1999 he also became a Professor of Optics at the School of Optics. He is presently Emeritus Professor of Optics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society the Optical Society of America and the IEEE. He has carried out pioneering work in the fields of metal vapor lasers recombination lasers photoionization-pumped lasers laser plasmas and EUV lithography. He is the author of over 100 technical papers and holds more than 30 patents.