The number of undergraduate students, 2014-15 school year.
To introduce the student to the generation, propagation, and detection of optical electromagnetic waves.
The goals of this course are to enable the students to gain a fundamental understanding of the basic physics and technology of quantum electronics devices and laser systems. These fundamentals include optical beam propagation in free space, in media and in cavities, interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter, the creation of population inversions in various media, and the design of laser systems. Upon mastery of these fundamentals, students should be able to design simple laser systems. As this course is offered to both senior undergraduate and graduate students, the course has the additional goals of providing graduating seniors with sufficient background in laser systems to pursue career opportunities or to pursue graduate studies in the laser field; and of providing graduate students with an introductory course in laser systems to pursue further graduate studies in the field.
Upon completion of the instructional units on optical beam propagation and optical cavities, students should be able to:
8. Use spreadsheets, programs such as Matlab or Mathematica or write computer programs to perform parametric or design studies based on these principles. This objective applies to all instructional units. (a,k,m)
9. Respond to open-ended questions from the instructor on these principles. This objective applies to all instructional units. (g)
Upon completion of the instructional units on the interaction of optical radiation with matter, students should be able to:
14. Solve simultaneous partial differential equations for the densities of atomic levels given pump conditions to obtain the inversion density, and compute the gain or absorption of laser media. (a,m,n)
Upon completion of the instruction units on laser oscillation and efficiency, students should be able to:
Upon completion of the instruction units on laser systems, students should be able to:
24. Use the capabilities developed in previous instructional units to design specific laser systems, such as optically pumped rare-earth ion lasers, and extrapolate these concepts to the design of related laser systems. (a,c,e,k,m)
25. Explain the principles of harmonic generation using nonlinear crystals, and perform simple calculations of the conversion efficiency of fundamental frequencies to the second harmonic. (a,b,g,k,m,n)
Upon completion of the instruction units on semiconductor lasers, students should be able to:
28. Use the concepts of densities of states, quasi-Fermi levels, Fermi distributions and simple semiconductor energy band theory to compute gain vs frequency as a function of injection current in a homojunction laser. (a,l,m)
Upon completion of all instruction units, students as a final project should be able to:
34. Make a presentation to the class or compose a final report detailing the analysis or design, and answer questions to justify the analysis or design. (g)