Until recently, ceramic materials were considered unsuitable for optics due to the numerous scattering sources, such as grain boundaries and residual pores. However, in the 1990s the techlogy to generate a coherent beam from ceramic materials was developed, and a highly efficient laser oscillation was realized. In the future, the techlogy derived from the development of the ceramic laser could be used to develop new functional passive and active optics. Co-authored by one of the pioneers of this field, the book describes the fabrication techlogy and theoretical characterization of ceramic material properties. It describes vel types of solid lasers and other optics using ceramic materials to demonstrate the application of ceramic gain media in the generation of coherent beams and light amplification. This is an invaluable guide for physicists, materials scientists and engineers working on laser ceramics.
Akio Ikesue is the President of World-Lab. Co., Ltd. He is also an executive scientist at SCHOTT AG, Germany, and an invited professor at ENSCP (Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris). Yan Lin Aung is a researcher at World-Lab. Co., Ltd. His research focuses on opto-ceramics. Voicu Lupei, member of the Romanian Academy, is a Professor at the National Institute for Laser, Plasma and Radiation Physics in Bucharest, Romania. His research interests are in photonic materials, quantum electronics processes in doped laser materials, and applications of solid-state lasers.