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Michael V. Romalis
PHYS 530
Seattle Campus

Laser Physics

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.

Class description

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.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Homework and a presentation/write-up


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Michael V. Romalis
Date: 06/10/2001