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Bibliography

    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
By L. Michael Roberts
Published by Laser F/X International - Ontario, Canada.

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 Edition)
By Clayton L. Hallmark and Delton T. Horn
Published by TAB Books (Book # 2905)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

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.


Principals & Practice Of Laser Technology
By Hrand M. Muncheryan
Published by TAB Books (Book # 1529)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

Notes: Good coverage of the theoretical aspects of lasers including diode lasers and dye lasers; good coverage of the medical applications of lasers.


The Laser Cookbook - 88 Practical Projects
By Gordon McComb
Published by TAB Books (Book # 3090)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

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.


The Fiberoptics & Laser Handbook
By Edward L. Safford, Jr. (Book # 1671)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

Notes: Information on industrial and commercial applications of fibre optics including information on their manufacture. Another good book for theoretical information.

 

Books on Fiberoptics

Fiberoptics
By John A. Kuecken (Book # 1236)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

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.


A Practical Introduction to Lightwave Communications
By Forest M. Mims III
Howard W. Sams & Co, inc., 4300 West 62nd Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, 46268

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
By Don McNair (Book # 1609)
TAB Books, P.O. Box 40, Blue Ridge Summit, PA, USA, 17214

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.


Kinetic Art Theory and Practice (Selections from the journal "Leonardo")
Edited by Frank J. Malina
Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY, USA, 10014

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.


Exploring Laser Light
By Thomas Kallard
Optosonic Press, Box 883, Ansonia Post Office, New York, NY, USA, 10023

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.


Laser Art & Optical Transforms
By Thomas Kallard
Optosonic Press, Box 883, Ansonia Post Office, New York, NY, USA, 10023

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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