Laser Science Projects
Most of the books listed here offer some information on laser displays but you may have to look hard to find them, and once you have, dig deep to extract useful information.
Books on Laser Shows
Laser F/X: The Light Show Handbook
Notes: Covers everything you ever wanted to know about laser light shows with over 450 pages; included many pictures and diagrams. For details see Laser F/X: The Light Show Handbook
Books on Lasers
Lasers The Light Fantastic (Second
Notes: Covers the theory and operation of lasers with chapters on basics such as electricity, magnetism and quantum mechanics. The technology discussed and laser examples given are a bit dated. Contains little of use to laserists; however, it is a good source of theoretical information.
Notes: Good coverage of the theoretical aspects of lasers including diode lasers and dye lasers; good coverage of the medical applications of lasers.
Notes: A good reference book containing lots of practical experiments with lasers and laser related devices (including schematics). The chapters on laser light shows contain little of value to professional laserists but have some ideas for hobbyists.
Notes: Information on industrial and commercial applications of fibre optics including information on their manufacture. Another good book for theoretical information.
Books on Fiberoptics
Notes: Contains chapters on wave mechanics, polarisation, reflection and reflection, photodetectors and light sources. Also includes some projects you can build. Good theoretical information on fibre.
Notes: Simply and understandably written information on fibers. Little of use to laserists but lots of theoretical information.
Other Books of Interest
How To Make Holograms
Notes: Useful and practical information about holograms. Includes detailed information on how to make your own "sand table" for holography; sample optical layouts and hologram creation methods.
Notes: This out-of-print book has some very interesting articles about kinetic (moving) art. Includes some information on early laser art and sculptures using lasers.
Notes: This out-of print book has some good ideas for science projects. Contains a series of experiments using a HeNe, simple household items and basic optical parts to help you learn about lasers and basic optics.
Notes: This 1979 book has lots of black and white photos of optical transforms and even a few photos from some early laser light shows. There is a brief section on some of the earliest laser art exhibitions and light shows. There is also some information on the theory and operation of lasers and some simple laser light show effects; and information on how to make the optical transforms pictured
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