Nature Of Light 211 Dual Character of Light

Dual Character Light

The description of the nature of light provided here is at the very basic level. It serves to review the concepts that most readers already may be familiar with. Light is an electromagnetic field consisting of oscillating electric and magnetic disturbances that can propagate as a wave through a vacuum as well as through a medium. However, modern theory, quantum mechanics, also imparts a particle-like description of light as energy packets called photons or quanta Atkins and dePaula, 2002 . This...

Laser Tissue Contouring And Restructuring

The two specific applications discussed here are for the use of lasers in der-matologic and ophthalmologic procedures. The theory of selective photother-molysis, introduced by Anderson and Parrish in 1981, is the basis for much advancement in dermatological lasers Anderson and Parrish, 1983 . It allows for highly localized destruction of light absorbing targets in skin, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissue. To achieve selective photother- molysis, an appropriate wavelength, exposure...