High Power P-P Lasers

Victor V. Apollonov
Head of Department, High Power Lasers, GPI RAS, Moscow, Russia

Sergey M. Silnov
General Director of Laser – MEPhI Ltd., Russia

Series: Lasers and Electro-Optics Research and Technology
BISAC: SCI053000

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The goal of the book is to present the high-power high-frequency pulse periodic laser systems, which in the near future, will find a lot of applications in the field of ecology, machinery, space engineering, nuclear technologies and many others. A laser-plasma generator of multiply charged ions produces a large number of heavy ions in the regime of short periodic pulses, which is needed for ion accelerators operating in the pulse periodic regime. The source of this type is also promising for effective use in the field of heavy-ion fusion, brittle materials figure cutting, and oil films elimination from the water surface.

This book has considered, in detail, a new approach to the problem of a laser jet engine creation, which is based on the resonance merging of shock waves generated by an optical pulsating discharge, produced by such a laser. To obtain an optical pulsating discharge, the authors suggested the usage of high-power pulse-periodic laser radiation, which can be generated by wide aperture carbon dioxide, chemical and mono-module disk type solid-state laser systems. Future developments of the disk laser technology as the most effective and scalable to the level of many hundreds of kW as well are under consideration in the book. (Imprint: Nova)

Introduction

Part 1. High-Power Pulse-Periodic Lasers for Generation of Plasma Torches

Chapter 1 - Principles of Construction of Coherent High-Power Laser Sources (pp. 3-16)

Chapter 2 - High-Frequency Pulse-Periodic Lasers (pp. 17-36)

Chapter 3 - High-Frequency Pulse-Periodic Disk Lasers: Advantages and Prospects (pp. 37-44)

Chapter 4 - High-Power Semiconductor Laser Diode Structures and Their New Application (pp. 45-54)

Chapter 5 - Electrical Discharge Pulse-Periodic Lasers (pp. 55-90)

Chapter 6 - Power Optics and Its New Manifestations (pp. 91-122)

Part 2. Models of Physical Processes of Laser Plasma Formation

Chapter 7 - Ionization (pp. 124-140)

Chapter 8 - Recombination (pp. 141-158)

Chapter 9 - Processes of the Acceleration of the Particles in the Laser Plasma (pp. 159-178)

Part 3. High-Power Laser Radiation as a Tool in Science and Engineering

Chapter 10 - Laser Weapons – Myths and Prospects (pp. 181-188)

Chapter 11 - To the Space by Laser Light (pp. 189-199)

Chapter 12 - Laser Plasma in Accelerators (pp. 199-234)

Chapter 13 - Simulation of Conducting Channels in the Atmosphere (pp. 235-254)

Chapter 14 - Laser Plasma As a Source of Ions for Mass Spectrometry (pp. 255-284)

Chapter 15 - Laser Removal of Space Debris (pp. 285-298)

Chapter 16 - Oil Films Elimination from the Water Surface (pp. 299-350)

Chapter 17 - Laser Therapy for Treating Tuberculosis (pp. 351-356)

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