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Laser Experiments for Chemistry and Physics

Robert N. Compton and Michael A. Duncan


Lasers are employed throughout science and technology, in fundamental research, the remote sensing of atmospheric gases or pollutants, communications, medical diagnostics and therapies, and the manufacturing of microelectronic devices. Understanding the principles of their operation, which underlie all of these areas, is essential for a modern scientific education. This text introduces the characteristics and operation of lasers through laboratory experiments designed for the undergraduate curricula in chemistry and physics. Introductory chapters describe the properties of light, the history o ... More

Keywords: undergraduate laboratory experiments, laser spectroscopy, optics, mass spectrometry, refractive index, laser absorption spectroscopy, fluorescence, multiphoton processes

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Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198742975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198742975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. Compton, author
Professor of Chemistry and Physics, Dept Chemistry, University of Tennessee

Michael A. Duncan, author
Franklin Professor and Regents' Professor, Dept of Chemistry, University of Georgia

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Part I Introduction to Light, Lasers, and Optics

Part II Laser Experiments for Thermodynamics

Part III Laser Experiments for Chemical Analysis

Part IV Laser Experiments for Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy

Part V Laser Experiments for Kinetics