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The laser

Yariv, A. and Gordon, J. P. (1963) The laser. Proceedings of the IEEE, 51 (1). pp. 4-29. ISSN 0018-9219.

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This article is intended as a review of the field of optical masers, or lasers as they have come to be known, summarizing both theory and practice. It starts with a theoretical section in which black body radiation theory is used to introduce the concepts of spontaneous and induced transitions. This is followed by the derivation of the Schawlow-Townes instability (start-oscillation) condition and a description of the different laser media. Other topics treated include: optical pumping, experimental techniques, output power and noise. The sections on optical resonators and communications which conclude the paper have been slightly emphasized since, perhaps to a larger extent than the other topics covered in this paper, they coincide with traditional areas of interest of microwave and communications engineers.

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Additional Information:© Copyright 1963 IEEE. Received November 8, 1962. Reprinted with permission. The paper benefited generously from critical reading and numerous suggestions by G. D. Boyd, C. C. Cutler, W. L. Faust, C. G. B. Garrett, D. F. Nelson and S. P. S. Porto.
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