TY - CHAP A1 - Warwick P. Bowen A2 - Magnus T. L. Hsu A3 - Jian Wei Tay ED1 - Nelson Costa ED2 - Adolfo Cartaxo Y1 - 2010-04-01 PY - 2010 T1 - Fundamentals and Applications of Quantum Limited Optical Imaging N2 - Lasers and electro-optics is a field of research leading to constant breakthroughs. Indeed, tremendous advances have occurred in optical components and systems since the invention of laser in the late 50s, with applications in almost every imaginable field of science including control, astronomy, medicine, communications, measurements, etc. If we focus on lasers, for example, we find applications in quite different areas. We find lasers, for instance, in industry, emitting power level of several tens of kilowatts for welding and cutting; in medical applications, emitting power levels from few milliwatt to tens of Watt for various types of surgeries; and in optical fibre telecommunication systems, emitting power levels of the order of one milliwatt. This book is divided in four sections. The book presents several physical effects and properties of materials used in lasers and electro-optics in the first chapter and, in the three remaining chapters, applications of lasers and electro-optics in three different areas are presented BT - Advances in Lasers and Electro Optics SP - Ch. 27 UR - https://doi.org/10.5772/8674 DO - 10.5772/8674 SN - PB - IntechOpen CY - Rijeka Y2 - 2021-09-24 ER -