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ISBN-13: 978-0521860291 ISBN-10: 0521860296 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 882 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 2 edition (May 12, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521860296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521860291
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.7 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,563,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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.,."a comprehensive undergraduate text that provides a broad but detailed introduction to the basic underpinnings of lasers and modern optical systems." Physics Today

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Covering a broad range of topics in optical physics and engineering, this textbook is invaluable for undergraduate students studying laser physics, optoelectronics, photonics and optical engineering. This revised second edition covers the basic theory of applied optics and explains the structures and operational characteristics of lasers and related systems.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is intended for first-year graduate and senior-level undergraduate students in physics and electrical engineering. It is clearly written with a good balance between depth and breadth, and will serve well either as a text or a reference. The first half covers laser fundamentals while the second half is more application-oriented. The math is at a level appropriate for the intended audience and is mostly fairly straightforward. At over 700 pages this book is a good value for the money.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By El Duderino on June 18, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is intended for a graduate-level course on lasers. While covering a number of subjects in depth, there are a large number of mistakes. There has been two reprintings with corrections, so I would hate to have seen the first printing. There are many mistakes in the equations (usually easily ferreted out) as well as in the problems. The problems can be very frustrating as they are often as clear as mud. Overall however, the book does do a good job of covering most topics, but if you are looking for a better lasers book, I would go with Verdeyen's Laser Electronics (ISBN:013706666X) or Siegman's Lasers (ISBN: 0935702113)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Tansu (ntansu@students.wisc.edu) on July 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is the kind of book that I have been looking for in the subject of laser. The book is very clear and well-written about the material. This book contains not many problems, but the problems in the book are mostly good problems. This book is appropiate for the advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in the electro-optics, photonics areas. The backgrounds necessary for this book are very flexible, since the author explain most of the idea behind the quantum mechanics that he used in the text. But the knowledge of electromagnetics and quantum mechanics would be helpful, not necessary.
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Davis offers a comprehensive sweep of the subject of lasers and electro-optics. Lasers are inherently quantum devices, and the text starts with a straightforwardly clear explanation based on elementary quantisation of energy levels. Flowing from this, various types of lasers are described. The historically important ruby laser, which was the first laser ever made. Gas lasers, like the He-Ne, are explained. Along with the Nd-YAG and Argon lasers. Dye lasers, with their tunable ability, are not neglected.

But for electro-optical purposes, it is the solid state lasers that are the most significant. Davis describes the theory of heterojunctions, and how LEDs and lasers can be made and operated, based on these. There is a minimal explanation of solid state band structure. Enough to explain the devices at an engineering level. Though physics students might want to consult a text like Ashcroft and Mermin or Kittel for a more thorough excursion into the physics.

Given the book's title, the text also devotes substantial space to explaining electro-optical elements and the circuits from which these can be made. Switches and detectors are well described.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jinwon Sung on March 23, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a graduate student majoring optics, this is the kind of book that I always want to keep near me. This book combines important topics of laser, electro-optics, and more in a well organized manner. So anyone involved in laser, eletro-optics, and photinics can refer to only one book for the basic principles. The math is not so difficult and every derivation is worked out quite thoroughly. There are many useful examples of latest systems, elements too. However, the early part covering laser is not so detailed as the other laser books, although the second half dealing with electro-optics is excellent in every aspect. I had a quite hard time with Yariv's book of optical electronics, but feel pretty comfortable with this book. Highly recommendable to anyone majoring the field of laser, photonics.
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