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Laser-Beam Interactions with Materials treats, from a physicist's point of view, the wide variety of processes that lasers can induce in materials. Physical phenomena ranging from optics to shock waves are discussed, as are applications in such diverse fields as semiconductor annealing, hole drilling and fusion plasma production. The approach taken emphasizes the fundamental ideas and their interrelations. The newcomer is given the necessary important background material, while the active research worker finds a critical and comprehensive review of the field.
1. Introduction.- 2. Absorption of Laser Light.- 3. Heating by Laser Light.- 4. Melting and Solidification.- 5. Evaporation and Plasma Formation.- A. Appendix.- A.1 Selected Material Data.- A.2 Green’s Functions for Solving the Heat-Flow Equation.- A.3 Numerical Solution of the Heat-Flow Equation.- A.4 Units and Symbols.- A.4.1 Constants.- A.4.2 Variables.- A.4.3 Subscripts.- References.