Michael V. Romalis
Physics underlying laser design and operation in the context of common laboratory systems. Topics may include continuous and pulsed lasers; solid, liquid, and gas gain media; Q-switching, mode-locking, resonator theory, nonlinear optics, and others. Prerequisite: basic quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and optics; recommended: PHYS 541.
Review of ray tracing optics, gaussian beam optics, optical resonators, stimulated emission, practical laser systems, optical fibers, anisotropic crystals, laser beam manipulation, frequency doubling
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures and hands-on lab demonstrations, detailed research lab tours.
Class assignments and grading
Homework and a presentation/write-up