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Hecht, Jeff

Works: 57 works in 401 publications in 4 languages and 14,212 library holdings
Genres: History  Handbooks and manuals  Juvenile works  Popular works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Thesis advisor, Contributor
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Jeff Hecht
City of light : the story of fiber optics by Jeff Hecht( )

29 editions published between 1999 and 2009 in English and held by 2,769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"City of Light tells the story of fiber optics, tracing its transformation from 19th-century parlor trick into the foundation of our global communications network. Written for a broad audience by a journalist who has covered the field for twenty years, the books is a lively account of both the people and the ideas behind this revolutionary technology."--Jacket
Beam : the race to make the laser by Jeff Hecht( )

29 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in English and held by 1,966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1954, Charles Townes invented the laser's microwave cousin, the maser. The next logical step was to extend the same physical principles to the shorter wavelengths of light, but the idea did not catch fire until October 1957, when Townes asked Gordon Gould about Gould's research on using light to excite thallium atoms. Each took the idea and ran with it. The independent-minded Gould sought the fortune of an independent inventor; the professorial Townes sought the fame of scientific recognition. Townes enlisted the help of his brother-in-law, Arthur Schawlow, and got Bell Labs into the race. Gould turned his ideas into a patent application and a million-dollar defense contract. They soon had company. Ali Javan, one of Townes's former students, began pulling 90-hour weeks at Bell Labs with colleague Bill Bennett. And far away in California a bright young physicist named Ted Maiman became a very dark horse in the race. While Schawlow proclaimed that ruby could never make a laser, Maiman slowly convinced himself it would. As others struggled with recalcitrant equipment and military secrecy, Maiman built a tiny and elegant device that fit in the palm of his hand. His ruby laser worked the first time he tried it, on May 16, 1960, but afterwards he had to battle for acceptance as the man who made the first laser. Beam is a fascinating tale of a remarkable and powerful invention that has become a symbol of modern technology. - Publisher
Understanding fiber optics by Jeff Hecht( Book )

73 editions published between 1900 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 1,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Annotation. Ideal for technicians, entry-level engineers, and other nonspecialists, this practical, thorough, and accessible introduction to fiber optics reflects the expertise of an author who has followed the field for over 20 years. Using a non-theoretical/mathematical, and well-illustrated approach, it begins with the technical details of optical fibers, moves through the tools and techniques used to work with them, the devices used to connect fiber network, and concludes with applications showing how fibers are used
Understanding lasers : an entry-level guide by Jeff Hecht( Book )

51 editions published between 1992 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,348 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written for students, managers, non-specialist engineers, and anyone who wants an accessible introduction to laser technology, this book provides practical, intuitive descriptions of the workings of major types of lasers and their applications
Introduction to laser technology by C. Breck Hitz( )

37 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in English and held by 1,302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This new edition includes a new chapter on fiber lasers, and a discussion of arrays in the semiconductor chapter. It also includes new end of chapter problems"--
The laser guidebook by Jeff Hecht( Book )

44 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The laser is rapidly finding more and varied applications in science, engineering, industry, medicine, and entertainment. This book is written to help end-users quickly and easily choose the laser best suited to their needs. It is designed for ease of use and to explain the operation and characteristics of different types of lasers. Although there is some coverage of internal physics, the strong emphasis is on practical characteristics of lasers such as output power, wavelength, cooling and types of devices commercially available. The Second Edition includes all-new chapters on x-ray lasers, free-electron lasers, semiconductor lasers (used in CD players), and fiber lasers, as well as complete updates to all First Edition chapters
Beam weapons : the next arms race by Jeff Hecht( Book )

15 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 1,117 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book describes the technology and uses of high-energy laser and particle-beam weapons both on the battlefield and in strategic defense against nuclear attack. Technical issues covered include high-energy lasers, particle beams, x-ray lasers, microwaves, pointing and tracking systems, beam delivery, reliability, and atmospheric effect on beams. Potential missions covered include missile defense, anti-satellite weapons, aircraft use, and battlefield weapons. This book also covers the Reagan administration's "Star Wars" program, prospects for development of practical beam weapons, and their implications for military strategy and global policy
Laser, supertool of the 1980s by Jeff Hecht( Book )

14 editions published between 1982 and 1998 in English and held by 932 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes each kind of laser and how it works, and explains how lasers are used in medicine, communications, weapons, manufacturing, printing, and holography
Controversies in education by Dwight William Allen( Book )

9 editions published in 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Optics : light for a new age by Jeff Hecht( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 2015 in English and held by 446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the wonders of light and optics, exploring such developments as lasers, fiber optics, and holography
Vanishing life : the mystery of mass extinctions by Jeff Hecht( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the phenomenon of mass extinctions of plant and animal species throughout history
Shifting shores : rising seas, retreating coastlines by Jeff Hecht( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 270 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes the various factors that change the shape of coastlines including storms, natural erosion, and rising sea levels. Also discusses the future implications of these changes on coastal and low-lying centers of population and what can be done to protect the coastlines and slow the process of change
Laser pioneers by Jeff Hecht( Book )

11 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 242 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding lasers by Jeff Hecht( Book )

6 editions published between 1988 and 1990 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laser pioneer interviews : with an introduction to laser history by Jeff Hecht( Book )

3 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Understanding Lasers : an Entry-Level Guide by Jeff Hecht( )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

El rayo láser by Jeff Hecht( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 1987 in Spanish and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tools on the cutting edge : lasers( Visual )

3 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An overview of types of lasers and laser applications in industry, medicine, communications, and other fields
Beam by Jeff Hecht( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prologue: May 16, 1960, Malibu, California 1. The Laser Race 2. Microwaves Are the First Step 3. Leaping a Few Orders of Magnitude: The Optical Maser 4. The Outsider's Invention: The Laser 5. Bell Labs Takes the Early Lead 6. Stimulating the Emission of Money 7. A Spreading Interest in the Laser Idea 8. A Pause to Compare Notes 9. A Dark Horse Joins the Race 10. ""Everybody knew it was going to happen within months""--Bell Labs Feels Safely in the Lead 11. A Crash Program at ""Pipsqueak Inc."" 12. The Siren Call of the Laser 13. The Critical Question of Efficiency 14. An Idea Simpler in Theory
Conspiracy! by James D Macdonald( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

We're part of the cover-up!Did you know that there is a secret government agency dedicated to creating conspiracy theories? It's true! It's on Facebook!But it's not in this book. Our conspiracy theories are all fiction. At least, that's what we want you to think! Certainly, we did invite fiction writers to weigh in on conspiracy theories. The result includes (of course) the Masons and dragons (David Clements), the Bavarian Illuminati (Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald) and the New World Order Shariann Lewitt). There's also the Shaver Mystery (science writer Jeff Hecht), cell phones and weather control (Rev DiCerto), Atlantis and Lemuria (Paul DiFilippo), Roswell (H. Paul Shuch of SETI fame), mermaids (Cat Rambo and Mike Resnick), ancient immortals who guide our breeding (Steven Popkes), quality management (Allen Steele), and--of all things!--Santa Claus (James Cambias). Not to mention the squirrels (Sarah Smith)
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City of light : the story of fiber optics
Beam : the race to make the laserUnderstanding fiber opticsUnderstanding lasers : an entry-level guideIntroduction to laser technologyThe laser guidebookBeam weapons : the next arms raceLaser, supertool of the 1980sVanishing life : the mystery of mass extinctionsLaser pioneers
Alternative Names
Hecht, J.

Hecht, Jeff

Hecht, Jeffrey, 1947-

Hecht Jeffrey C.

Hecht, Jeffrey C. 1947-

Hechy, Jeff, 1947-

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