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Astrophysical Lasers

Vladilen Letokhov and Sveneric Johansson


Progress in modern radio astronomy led to the discovery of space masers in the microwave range, and it became a powerful tool for studies of interstellar star-forming molecular clouds. Progress in observational astronomy, particularly with ground-based huge telescopes and the space-based Hubble Space Telescope, has led to recent discoveries of space lasers in the optical range. These operate in gas condensations in the vicinity of the mysterious star Eta Carinae (one of the most luminous and massive stars of our Galaxy). Both maser and laser effects, first demonstrated under laboratory conditi ... More

Keywords: radio astronomy, microwave, molecular clouds, observational astronomy, Hubble Space Telescope, Eta Carinae, laser science, astrophysical plasmas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199548279
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548279.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Vladilen Letokhov, author
Institute of Spectroscopy, Troitsk, Russia

Sveneric Johansson, author
Atomic Astrophysics Division, Institute of Astronomy, Lund University, Sweden