- How Stuff Works explaining the basics of lasers
- Encyclopedia of Laser Physics and Technology from RP Photonics
- The Amateur Scientist from Scientific American featuring a CD-ROM containing reprints of _ALL_ Amateur Scientist columns. A must-have for anyone serious about laser construction - REQUIRED READING!
- Sam's Laser FAQ providing a wealth of info and links for all types of lasers
- Jon Singer's Laser Page outlining a simple laser built using doorknob caps
- Laser Kids a homemade lasers page with nitrogen, dye, copper-vapour, and TEA CO2 lasers
- Jarrod Kinsey's Ruby Laser ... you'll be surprised how inexpensive the mirrors can be!
- Pulslaser a German site outlining various pulsed lasers. Very extensive.
- Laser FX a starting point for those interested in laser light displays
- The Bell Jar vacuum techniques for the amateur
- Homebuilt CO2 Laser from Jarrod Kinsey. An amazing laser using inexpensive gas sources (CO2 from baking soda and water, anyone, or even worse, breath!).
A few further photos and videos of this laser ... honestly, you've just got to see this to believe it will even work!
The gas system The gas system The gas system The laser in action The laser in action
MUST SEE: A VIDEO of the CHEAPEST possible CO2 laser construction including homemade copper mirrors! Surf around Jarrod's channel for a host of videos!
Fundamentals of Light Sources and Lasers by Csele, 2004, John Wiley & Sons, ISBN 0-471-47660-9
Focussing primarily on lasers, this text introduces background concepts necessary to understand lasers including the nature of light itself, blackbody radiation and atomic emission, as well as basic quantum mechanics. Lasers are covered in detail with practical, real-world examples found throughout. The last six chapters of the text outline various laser systems in detail including visible, UV, and IR gas lasers, semiconductor lasers, solid-state lasers, and tunable dye lasers.
The Laser Guidebook, 2nd edition by Jeff Hecht (Tab/McGraw-Hill, 1992) is an invaluable resource which covers almost all common types of lasers
Herbach and Rademan A surplus supplier of HeNe tubes and
power supplies as well as other electronics goods
Meredith Instruments Another surplus supplier of HeNe tubes and power supplies
Midwest Laser Products
Sterling Resale Optics a surplus supplier of laser optics, lenses, non-linear crystals, etc.
Surplus Shed no lasers but lots of optics including surplus spectrophotometers (which I purchased)
Other Laser Equipment Suppliers