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Field Guide to Laser Pulse Generation, Rüdiger Paschotta
(© SPIE 30 October 2008)
   Introduction to Optical Pulses
   Pulse Trains and Frequency Combs
   Q Switching
   Gain Switching
   Mode Locking
   Optical Solitons
   Harmonic Mode Locking
   Soliton Fiber Lasers

Fundamentals of Photonics, Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Editor
(© SPIE 23 May 2008)
   Light Sources and Laser Safety, Fred Seeber
   Lasers, William Silfvast

Field Guide to Lasers, Rüdiger Paschotta
(© SPIE 15 January 2008)
   Principle of a Laser
   Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission
   Optical Pumping: Three- and Four-Level Systems
   Gaussian Beams
   Waveguide Modes
   Planar and Channel Waveguides
   Semiconductor Lasers
   Vertical-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers
   Vertical-External-Cavity Surface-Emitting Lasers
   Quantum Cascade Lasers
   Thin-Disk Lasers
   Dye Lasers
   Gas Lasers
   Helium-Neon Lasers
   Carbon-Dioxide Lasers
   Excimer Lasers

Fourier-Transform Spectroscopy Instrumentation Engineering, Vidi Saptari
(© SPIE 3 November 2003)
   Laser Interferometer

Laser Beam Scintillation with Applications, Larry Andrews, Ronald Phillips, Cynthia Hopen
(© SPIE 20 July 2001) 
   Laser Radar Systems: Imaging through Turbulence

SPIE Advancing the Laser 50th anniversary tribute