Professor Mark Csele's Homebuilt Lasers Page

Resources and Links

Lasers and Optics Tutorials, References
Amateur Scientist Plans
Groups and Homepages - Various types of Lasers
Misc Laser Links ...
CO2 Laser Links ... (Updated 2011/02)
Recommended Books

Fundamentals of Light and Lasers 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

Surplus Laser and Optics Suppliers On The Web

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

Exciton A prime supplier of laser dyes
Lambda-Physik Another supplier of laser dyes
Edmund Industrial Optics A supplier of generic optics and mirrors