Since the production of the first laser in 1960, several new types of lasers and their technology have spread to all sectors of society. The innumerable properties of lasers are associated with some hazardous dangers to their users if safety measures are not taken. For example, due to the coherence of the laser light, the laser power density which hits the eye is high, so any tissue in focus will be heated up and very quickly destroyed.
This book has answers to what, where, why and how laser safety has to be taken. The second edition has been updated with supplemental information and some new chapters have been added. The book is a must-read for physicists, safety professionals, students and researchers who deal with lasers.
Review by Reva Garg, Institute of Physics, University of Brasilia, Brazil
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