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  1. 1. SOME BASICS OF LASERS
  2. 2. L Light A Amplification by S Stimulated E Emission of R Radiation
  3. 3. A laser is a device that transforms light of various frequencies into a chromatic radiation in the visible, infrared, and ultraviolet regions with all the waves in phase capable of mobilizing immense heat and power when focused at close range. WHAT IS A LASER ?
  4. 4. • Light beam is composed of packets of energy known as PHOTONS • Ground State – Atoms are normal position • Atoms are excited by an energy source and move to a higher energy • As it reverts back to its ground state, energy is emitted – Spontaneous Emission • Results without external interference and forms waves that are in phase
  5. 5. • Is a part of a process that occurs inside the laser • An optical cavity is at the center of the laser device & the core is comprised of chemical elements, molecules or compounds – “Active Medium” • Lasers are generically named for the material of the active medium • Gas, Crystals or Semi-Conductors AMPLIFICATION
  6. 6. • Gas – Co2 & Argon • Solid state semi conductors : – With metals like – Gallium, Aluminum, Indium, Arsenic – With solid rods of garnet crystal growth with various combinations of Yytrium, Aluminum, Scandium, Gallium and then doped with elements of Chromium, Neodynium or Erbium. AMPLIFICATION
  7. 7. • The crystal or gas is excited to emit photons of a characteristic wavelength • These ware amplified and filtered to make a coherent beam • The effect of this energy depends on whether or not theWL of the energy is absorbed by the surface or not AMPLIFICATION
  8. 8. STIMULATED EMISSION • Quantum theory of Max Planck & Neils Bohr • Smallest unit of energy • It can be absorbed by electrons, cause brief excitation and then the quatum is released – Process called as Spontaneous Emission
  9. 9. • Refers to light waves produced by the laser as electromagnetic energy • EM Spectrum – entire rangeWavelength’s .Within the visible or invisible infrared non- ionizing EM range & emit thermal radiation .The dividing line between ionizing and non- ionizing portion is on the junction of ultraviolet and visible violet light RADIATION
  10. 10. Laser consists of a lasing medium contained with an optical cavity, with an external energy source to maintain a population inversion so that stimulated emission of a specific wavelength can occur, producing monochromatic, collimated and coherent beam of light
  11. 11. • Active medium – Gas, liquid or solid • Contained in glass or ceramic tubes • Energy – Electric current • Mirrors are added to each end to increase the back and forth movement of photons • Thus increasing the stimulation of emission of radiation
  12. 12. • Two delivery systems that are employed 1. Hollow Waveguide orTube 2. Glass fiber optic cable LASER DELIVERY SYSTEMS
  13. 13. • Has an interior finish mirror • Laser energy is reflected along this tube and exits through a hand piece • Strikes the tissue in a non-contact manner • An accessory tip of sapphire or hollow metal can be connected 1. FLEXIBLE HOLLOW WAVEGUIDE (TUBE)
  14. 14. • More flexible than waveguide • Less weight and less resistance in movement • Smaller diameter (200-600 μm) • Glass component is encased in a resilient sheath • Fragile & can’t be bent in sharp angles • Used in contact and non-contact mode 2. GLASS FIBER OPTIC CABLE
  15. 15. Glass Fiber (Flexible) Waveguide (Tube) Argon Er Diode Cr:YSGG Nd:YAG Er:YAG CO2
  16. 16. Fiber Optic
  17. 17. WAVEGUIDE TUBE
  18. 18. Level of applied power (Power Density) Total energy to be delivered (Energy density) Rate & Duration of exposure (Pulse Repetition) Mode of energy delivery WHAT DOES THE OPERATOR CONTROL?
  19. 19. Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation Spontaneous emission Stimulated emission
  20. 20. • The possible energies which electrons in the atom can have is depicted in an energy level diagram. ENERGY LEVEL DIAGRAM E1 E2 E3 E4
  21. 21. LASER
  22. 22. The operation of the Laser E1 E2 E3 E4
  23. 23. absorption The operation of the Laser E1 E2 E3 E4
  24. 24. Spontaneous emission The operation of the Laser E1 E2 E3 E4
  25. 25. Spontaneous emission 1. Incoherent light 2. Accidental direction The operation of the Laser
  26. 26. The operation of the Laser E1 E2 E3 E4
  27. 27. Stimulated emission The operation of the Laser E1 E2 E3 E4
  28. 28. Light: Coherent, polarized The stimulating and emitted. photons have the same: Frequency, Phase, Direction. The operation of the Laser
  29. 29. TWO LEVEL SYSTEM absorption Spontaneous emission Stimulated emission hn hn hn E1 E2 E1 E2 hn =E2-E1
  30. 30. TYPES OF LASER 1. Based on the mode of operation (i) Pulsed Laser systems (ii) High power Q-switched systems (iii) Continuous wave Laser systems 2.Based on the mechanism in which Population Inversion is achieved (i)Three level lasers (ii) Four level lasers 3.Based on state of active medium used (i) Gas Laser (ii) Solid state Laser (iii) Semiconductor Laser (iv)Tunable dye Laser
  31. 31. THE ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
  32. 32. LASER FUNDAMENTALS  The light emitted from a laser is monochromatic, that is, it is of one color/wavelength. In contrast, ordinary white light is a combination of many colors (or wavelengths) of light.  Lasers emit light that is highly directional, that is, laser light is emitted as a relatively narrow beam in a specific direction. Ordinary light, such as from a light bulb, is emitted in many directions away from the source.  The light from a laser is said to be coherent, which means that the wavelengths of the laser light are in phase in space and time. Ordinary light can be a mixture of many wavelengths. These three properties of laser light are what can make it more hazardous than ordinary light. Laser light can deposit a lot of energy within a small area.
  33. 33. INCANDESCENT VS LASER LIGHT 1. Many wavelengths 2. Multidirectional 3. Incoherent 1. Monochromatic 2. Directional 3. Coherent
  34. 34. Common Components of all Lasers 1. Active Medium The active medium may be solid crystals such as ruby or Nd:YAG, liquid dyes, gases like CO2 or Helium/Neon, or semiconductors such as GaAs. Active mediums contain atoms whose electrons may be excited to a metastable energy level by an energy source. 2. Excitation Mechanism Excitation mechanisms pump energy into the active medium by one or more of three basic methods; optical, electrical or chemical. 3. High Reflectance Mirror A mirror which reflects essentially 100% of the laser light. 4. Partially Transmissive Mirror A mirror which reflects less than 100% of the laser light and transmits the remainder.
  35. 35. LASER COMPONENTS Gas lasers consist of a gas filled tube placed in the laser cavity. A voltage (the external pump source) is applied to the tube to excite the atoms in the gas to a population inversion. The light emitted from this type of laser is normally continuous wave (CW).
  36. 36. Factors affecting Laser classification level 6 main factors to consider: - Wavelength - Continuous Wave or Pulsed Operation - Power or Pulse Energy - Repetition Rate (PRF) - Beam Diameter & Profile - Beam Divergence
  37. 37. 1. Energy is applied to a medium raising electrons to an unstable energy level. 2. These atoms spontaneously decay to a relatively long-lived, lower energy, metastable state. 3. A population inversion is achieved when the majority of atoms have reached this metastable state. 4. Lasing action occurs when an electron spontaneously returns to its ground state and produces a photon. 5. If the energy from this photon is of the precise wavelength, it will stimulate the production of another photon of the same wavelength and resulting in a cascading effect. 6. The highly reflective mirror and partially reflective mirror continue the reaction by directing photons back through the medium along the long axis of the laser. 7. The partially reflective mirror allows the transmission of a small amount of coherent radiation that we observe as the “beam”. 8. Laser radiation will continue as long as energy is applied to the lasing medium. LASING ACTION
  38. 38. Lasing Action Diagram Energy Introduction Ground State Excited State Metastable State Spontaneous Energy Emission Stimulated Emission of Radiation
  39. 39. WAVELENGTHS OF MOST COMMON LASERS Argon fluoride (Excimer-UV) Krypton chloride (Excimer-UV) Krypton fluoride (Excimer-UV) Xenon chloride (Excimer-UV) Xenon fluoride (Excimer-UV) Helium cadmium (UV) Nitrogen (UV) Helium cadmium (violet) Krypton (blue) Argon (blue) Copper vapor (green) Argon (green) Krypton (green) Frequency doubled Nd YAG (green) Helium neon (green) Krypton (yellow) Copper vapor (yellow) 0.193 0.222 0.248 0.308 0.351 0.325 0.337 0.441 0.476 0.488 0.510 0.514 0.528 0.532 0.543 0.568 0.570 Helium neon (yellow) Helium neon (orange) Gold vapor (red) Helium neon (red) Krypton (red) Rohodamine 6G dye (tunable) Ruby (CrAlO3) (red) Gallium arsenide (diode-NIR) Nd:YAG (NIR) Helium neon (NIR) Erbium (NIR) Helium neon (NIR) Hydrogen fluoride (NIR) Carbon dioxide (FIR) Carbon dioxide (FIR) 0.594 0.610 0.627 0.633 0.647 0.570-0.650 0.694 0.840 1.064 1.15 1.504 3.39 2.70 9.6 10.6 Key: UV = ultraviolet (0.200-0.400 µm) VIS = visible (0.400-0.700 µm) NIR = near infrared (0.700-1.400 µm) Wavelength (mm)Laser Type
  40. 40. Laser Output Continuous Output (CW) Pulsed Output (P) watt (W) - Unit of power or radiant flux (1 watt = 1 joule per second). Joule (J) - A unit of energy Energy (Q) The capacity for doing work. Energy content is commonly used to characterize the output from pulsed lasers and is generally expressed in Joules (J). Irradiance (E) - Power per unit area, expressed in watts per square centimeter. Energy(Watts) Time Energy(Joules) Time
  41. 41. WAVE NATURE OF LIGHT Light is an electromagnetic wave. Different wavelengths in the visible spectrum are seen by the eye as different colors. l Wavelength Red: l = 700 nm Blue: l = 400 nm
  42. 42. Radio LongWavelengthShort Wavelength Gamma Ray X-ray Ultraviolet Infrared Microwaves Visible ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM Lasers operate in the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared. Radio RedBlue YellowGreen
  43. 43. STIMULATED EMISSION Incident Photon ExcitedAtom Stimulated Photon same wavelength same direction in phase Incident Photon
  44. 44. CHARACTERISTICS OF LASER LIGHT MONOCHROMATIC DIRECTIONAL COHERENT The combination of these three properties makes laser light focus 100 times better than ordinary light
  45. 45. HELIUM-NEON GAS LASER SIMPLE EXAMPLE OF LASER :
  46. 46. APPLICATION S OF LASERS
  47. 47. APPLICATION OF LASER  Many scientific, military, medical and commercial laser applications have been developed since the invention of the laser in 1958.The coherency, high monochromaticity, and ability to reach extremely high powers are all properties which allow for these specialized applications.
  48. 48. SCIENTIFIC  In science, lasers are used in many ways, including:  A wide variety of interferometric techniques  Raman spectroscopy  Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy  Atmospheric remote sensing  Investigating nonlinear optics phenomena
  49. 49.  Holographic techniques employing lasers also contribute to a number of measurement techniques.  Laser based LIght Detection And Ranging (LIDAR) technology has application in geology, seismology, remote sensing and atmospheric physics.  Lasers have been used aboard spacecraft such as in the Cassini- Huygens mission.
  50. 50.  In astronomy, lasers have been used to create artificial laser guide stars, used as reference objects for adaptive optics telescopes.  Lasers may also be indirectly used in spectroscopy as a micro-sampling system, a technique termed Laser ablation (LA), which is typically applied to ICP-MS apparatus resulting in the powerful LA-ICP-MS.  The principles of laser spectroscopy are discussed by Demtröder and the use of tunable lasers in spectroscopy are described inTunable LaserApplications. ).
  51. 51. DOPPLER EFFECT Definition:-There is an apparent change in frequency of the sound waves emitted from the source, when there is a relative motion between the source and the observer.This effect is called Doppler effect and the shift in frequency is called as doppler shift. DOPPLER SHIFT RED SHIFT BLUESHIFT GRAVITATIONALCOSMOLOGICAL
  52. 52. LASER COOLING  The use of Lasers to achieve extremely low temperatures has advanced to the temperatures of 10e-9 K.  These laser cooling can be used for transmitting power without any loss from power station to sub station without the help of power transformers.
  53. 53. COMMUNICATION  AT PRESENT The speed of the communication is high, But still the communication with the outer world is still lagging.  IN FUTURE Using LASER the communication to other galaxy is possible.
  54. 54. COMPUTING SPEEDS  At present the computing speed ranges from 256 kilobits per second to 1 gigabit per second, which is slow for the present world.  The ability to achieve a speed of 25 gigabits per second can be done with the use of laser chips.  Lasers are already used to transmit high volumes of computer data over longer distances — for example, between offices, cities and across oceans — using fibre-optic cables. In computer chips, data moves at great speed over the wires inside, then slows when it is sent chip-to-chip inside a computer.
  55. 55. MILITARY DEFENCE 1. FindTarget An infrared camera on the laser continuously scans a 6 to 10-mile radius around the airport for suspicious heat emissions. When it finds a plume, it relays the coordinates to an identification and tracking system, which is also on the unit. 2. ConfirmThreat The onboard computer checks the object’s heat signature against a data bank, confirms that it’s a missile (and not a bird or a plane), and activates the laser. 3. Prepare to Fire Reactive gases in the laser’s fuel tanks are funneled through a vacuum tube to heat up atoms and send them cascading through resonator mirrors.This produces a tightly focused, high-energy beam. 4. Destroy Missile The laser-beam cannon emits a burst of intense light aimed at the missile’s most vulnerable spot, usually the explosives compartment. Simultaneously, it sends a signal to airport control tower to give authorities a fix on the origin of the rocket.
  56. 56. MILITARYMilitary uses of lasers include applications such as target designation and ranging, defensive countermeasures, communications and directed energy weapons.
  57. 57. METEOROIDS ATTACKS The concept which was used for military defence can be used to destroy the meteoroids coming towards earth.  These incoming meteoroids can be shattered into pieces, thus saving our earth from any major destruction.  A group of strong laser beams are focused together to the target and the target is shattered off.
  58. 58. LASER IN AUTOMOBILES  We are proposing our own idea for the use of laser light in automobiles. All automobiles have ball bearings in there wheels, these bearings wear off while use and this may cause accidents.To prevent these accidents we use a laser beam to detect the position of the shaft in the wheels, on one end there will be a laser and the other end a sensor is kept, when the ball bearing malfunctions the shaft position is moved from the original position, now the sensor is activated.This sensed signal is sent to the user. Now the user should take necessary actions to prevent accidents due to a ball bearing.
  59. 59. MATERIAL PROCESSINGLaser cutting, laser welding, laser brazing, laser bending, laser engraving or marking, laser cleaning, weapons etc. When the material is exposed to laser it produces intense heat, thus the material is heated and melted.
  60. 60. LASER COOLING  A technique that has recent success is laser cooling. This involves atom trapping, a method where a number of atoms are confined in a specially shaped arrangement of electric and magnetic fields. Shining particular wavelengths of laser light at the ions or atoms slows them down, thus cooling them. As this process is continued, they all are slowed and have the same energy level, forming an unusual arrangement of matter known as a Bose- Einstein condensate.
  61. 61. MEDICAL Cosmetic surgery (removing tattoos, scars, stretch marks, sunspots, wrinkles, birthmarks, and hairs): see laser hair removal. Laser types used indermatology include ruby (694 nm), alexandrite (755 nm), pulsed diode array (810 nm), Nd:YAG (1064 nm), Ho:YAG (2090 nm), and Er:YAG (2940 nm).  Eye surgery and refractive surgery
  62. 62.  Soft tissue surgery: CO2, Er:YAG laser  Laser scalpel (General surgery, gynecological, urology, laparoscopic)  Photobiomodulation (i.e. laser therapy)  "No-Touch" removal of tumors, especially of the brain and spinal cord.  In dentistry for caries removal, endodontic/periodontic procedures, tooth whitening, and oral surgery
  63. 63. CURIOSITY USING ITS ‘LASER DEVICE ‘ IN ITS MISSION
  64. 64. OTHER APPLICATIONS  Cutting and peening of metals and other material, welding, marking, etc.  Laser drilling  Guidance systems (e.g., ring laser gyroscopes)  Rangefinder / surveying,  LIDAR / pollution monitoring,  Laser cladding, a surface engineering process applied to mechanical components for reconditioning, repair work or hardfacing  Laser accelerometers
  65. 65. INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL
  66. 66. LASERS USED FOR VISUAL EFFECTS DURING A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE. (A
  67. 67.  Laser line levels are used in surveying and construction. Lasers are also used for guidance for aircraft.  Extensively in both consumer and industrial imaging equipment.  In laser printers: gas and diode lasers play a key role in manufacturing high resolution printing plates and in image scanning equipment.  Diode lasers are used as a lightswitch in industry, with a laser beam and a receiver which will switch on or off when the beam is interrupted, and because a laser can keep the light intensity over larger distances than a normal light, and is more precise than a normal light it can be used for product detection in automated production.  Laser alignment  Additive manufacturing  In consumer electronics, telecommunications, and data communications, lasers are used as the transmitters in optical communications over optical fiber and free space.  To store and retrieve data in optical discs  Laser lighting displays (pictured) accompany many music concerts.
  68. 68. Digital minilabs Barcode readers Laser engraving of printing plate Laser bonding of additive marking materials for decoration and identification, LASER POINTERS:
  69. 69.  Holography  Bubblegrams  Photolithography  Optical communications (over optical fiber or in free space)  Optical tweezers  Writing subtitles onto motion picture films.[18]  Space elevator, a possible solution transfer energy to the climbers by laser or microwave power beaming  3D laser scanners for accurate 3D measurement.
  70. 70. Laser-Professionals.com LASER BEAM INJURIES High power lasers can cause skin burns. Lasers can cause severe eye injuries resulting in permanent vision loss.
  71. 71. SKIN BURN FROM CO2 LASER EXPOSURE Accidental exposure to partial reflection of 2000 W CO2 laser beam from metal surface during cutting
  72. 72. Class 4 Unsafe for eyes Unsafe for skin 0.5W Class 3B Unsafe for eyes Generally safe for skin 5mW Class 3R Safe with (0.25 s.) aversion response no viewing aids 0.5W Class 2M Visible wavelengths only Safe with no viewing aids 1mW Class 2 Visible wavelengths only Safe with (0.25 s.) aversion response including viewing aids 0.5W Class 1M Safe with no viewing aids 220μW to 0.4μW Class 1 No precautions required LASER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM Approx.PowerLimitsforCW VisibleWavelengthsOnly
  73. 73. OLD LASER CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM Class 4 Unsafe for eyes Unsafe for skin 0.5 W Class 3B Unsafe for eyes Generally safe for skin 5 mW Class 3A Safe with (0.25 s.) aversion response no viewing aids 1 mW Class 2 Visible wavelengths only Safe with (0.25 s.) aversion response including viewing aids 220μW to 0.4μW Class 1 No precautions required Approx.PowerLimitsforCW VisibleWavelengthsOnly
  74. 74. LASER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BY CLASSIFICATION Class 1 Lasers : - Safe Class 1M Lasers: - No viewing aids Class 2 Lasers : - Safe with aversion response (No staring) Class 2M Lasers: - Safe with aversion response (No staring); No viewing aids Class 3R Lasers : - No Staring, No viewing aids, (also old Class 3A lasers) Unsafe outside visible range
  75. 75. LASER SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BY CLASSIFICATION, CONTINUE……. Class 3B Lasers : - Unsafe for eyes, generally safe for skin Class 4 Lasers : - Unsafe for eyes, unsafe for skin
  76. 76. A NOTE ABOUT EYE SAFE LASERS .Lasers with emission wavelengths longer than 1400nm are often labelled as ‘eye-safe’ because wavelengths greater than 1400nm are strongly absorbed in the cornea & lens of the eye rather than the relatively more sensitive retina. .High powered or pulsed lasers at these wavelengths will still burn the cornea and cause severe eye damage. Corneal injuries are very painful. A laser labelled eye-safe should be treated the same as any other laser – with extreme caution. NEVER stare at a laser beam.
  77. 77. LASER CONTROLSPPE The main form of protective equipment is protective eyewear, but when using Class 4 lasers protective clothing and footwear must also be worn
  78. 78. GENERAL LASER LAB SAFETY, CONT. Clothing: Long sleeve clothing should be worn to protect skin. Wear enclosed footwear in labs. Jewelry: watches & rings which could reflect beams should not be worn. Viewing Aids: Never use microscopes, telescopes, magnifying glasses etc to view laser beams
  79. 79. General Laser Lab Safety  Never directly view a laser beam.  Never point a laser pointer at a person.  Never over-ride interlocks  Never remove covers from equipment without approval from supervisors – laser, high voltages and other hazards are present.
  80. 80. REFERENCES

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