Coursebooks

Laser fundamentals and applications for engineers

MICRO-426

Lecturer(s) :

Moser Christophe

Language:

English

Summary

The course will cover the fundamentals of lasers and focus on selected practical applications using lasers in engineering. The course is divided approximately as 1/3 theory and 2/3 covering selected applications.

Content

1. Introduction,  history of the laser, overview market applications,   basic laser operation I: dispersion, Lorentz model.

2. Basic laser operation II: Gain and resonators (spatial mode and longitudinal modes)

3. Laser systems I: most common solid state lasers and gas lasers

4. Detection of light: detector noise and laser Noise, AM, PM Noise.

5. Laser systems II: low and high power semi-conductor lasers, beam quality, beam combiners. Applications

6. Laser systems II: low and high power semi-conductor lasers, beam quality, beam combiners. Applications

7. Laser systems II: low and high power semi-conductor lasers, beam quality, beam combiners. Applications

8. Laser beam steering: theory, applications, printing

9. Laser systems III: Optical fibers and fiber lasers

10. Ultrafast lasers I: Femtosecond laser, modelocking. Two photon imaging, ablation.

11. Ultrafast lasers II: pulse characterization. Two photon 3D fabrication.

12. Non-linear frequency conversion I: frequency doubling. Applications

13. Non-linear frequency conversion I: Optical parametric amplification, OPA .

14. Lab tour

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

This course requires an understanding of introductory physics in wave theory (incl. complex numbers) and familiarity with Maxwell equations and electromagnetism.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Assessment methods

Oral exam

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Others

Chiara Bonati

Ugur Tegin

Babak Rahmani

Resources

Notes/Handbook

Polycopié (given as pdf) gathering selected topics of text books such as

Milonni, Eberly "Laser Physics" (Wiley Interscience)

Saleh, B. E. A., and M. C. Teich. Fundamentals of Photonics. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, 1991. ISBN: 0471839655.

Yariv, A. Optical Electronics in Modern Communications. 5th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 0195106261.Amnon Yariv "Quantum Electronics" (Wiley)

 

In the programs

    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Laser fundamentals and applications for engineers
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Laser fundamentals and applications for engineers
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Semester
       Spring
    • Exam form
       Oral
    • Credits
      3
    • Subject examined
      Laser fundamentals and applications for engineers
    • Lecture
      2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
    • Exercises
      1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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