This book makes it possible for you to design and construct your own 16MW (16 million watt) pulse-operated q-switched laser system from surplus parts.
The book is written at a level that you can understand. All you need is mechanical ability.
The first few chapters are packed with "how lasers work" information. Every component is explained in detail.
Succeeding chapters go into more detail about each component, where to find them at surplus prices and how much they cost. All of the mechanical drawings required for constructing your own pump chamber, resonator frame, cavity reflector, q-switch module and cooling system are included.
Every electronic system such as the power supplies, timing and control, and cooling system are detailed in schematic diagrams along with thorough explanations of each circuit.
This book has everything you need to design and construct any solid-state laser including any of the YAG systems, alexandrite or ruby. The book uses the Nd:YAG system to demonstrate the principles taught. If you intend to construct an Nd:YAG laser, all of your design work is done in this book. All you need to do is build.
The book dispells all of the myths that surround the solid-state laser field and sets you on the right track for actually creating your own system. Once completing this book, you will feel like an expert in this complex field.
Here is what some of the readers of this book have to say:
Love the book! Very nice "nuts and bolts" explanation of all things YAG.
Phenomenal Reference and Guide. Being a techno-geek, I can't say enough about this book. I read it cover to cover in one sitting as I have been a laser enthusiast since I was 10 years old. Through the years, I have successfully built various lasers that I thought were impressive. However, I didn't know what I was missing. This text (with detailed diagrams and layman focused easy to understand text) details all elements that may be overlooked or even neglected by the novice. Addressing these fine issues can (and will) increase your laser output exponentially. Seems like a lot of money to dish out at first but worth every penny if you are serious about laser construction. Kudos!
Rob Prislupsky--Allentown, PA