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Crystal-Field Engineering of Solid-State Laser Materials

Crystal-Field Engineering of Solid-State Laser Materials


Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Optics

  • Date Published: July 2000
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521593496

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  • This book is concerned with the underlying science and design of laser materials. It emphasizes the principles of crystal–field engineering and discusses the basic physical concepts that determine laser gain and nonlinear frequency conversion in optical crystals. A concise review of the essential underlying science is presented, and the predictive capabilities of crystal-field engineering are developed to show how modification of the symmetry and composition of optical centres can improve laser performance. Applications of the principles of crystal-field engineering to a variety of optical crystals are also discussed in relation to the performances of laser devices. This book will be of considerable interest to physical, chemical and material scientists and to engineers involved in the science and technology of solid state lasers. It will be used by senior undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as by established scientists.

    • Contains over 100 figures
    • Includes a concise review of the essential underlying science
    • Of considerable interest to physical, chemical and material scientists, and engineers
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This book is quite clearly a graduate-level textbook for materials scientists and condensed matter physicists, but the wide-ranging review of laser materials will also make it an attractive reference book for specialists in the solid-state spectroscopy and laser fields.' John F. Ryan, The Times Higher Education Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2000
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521593496
    • length: 414 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 179 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 124 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. An introduction to lasers
    2. Symmetry considerations
    3. Optical crystals: their structures, colours and growth
    4. Energy levels of ions in crystals
    5. Spectra of ions in crystals
    6. Radiationless transitions
    7. Energy transfer and excited state absorption
    8. Covalency
    9. Engineering the crystal field
    10. The crystal field engineered.

  • Authors

    Brian Henderson, University of Cambridge

    Ralph H. Bartram, Mansfield Center

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