MICRO-422 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Kippenberg Tobias, Moser Christophe

Language: English


Summary

This course gives an introduction to Lasers by both considering fundamental principles and applications. Topics that are covered include the theory of lasers, laser resonators and laser dynamics. In addition to the basic concepts, a variety of interesting laser systems and applications are covered

Content

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:

  • Able to compute absorption cross-section
  • explain in details YAG, He-Ne, Ti-saphirre, external cavity lasers, fiber lasers
  • Know shot and thermal noise, laser linewidth, relaxation oscillation
  • know passive and active modelocking, methods to caracterize pulse duration
  • Know phase matching, method to obtain phase matching
  • know parametric gain, singly and doubly resonant lasers

Teaching methods

2 hours of class + 1 hour of exercises

Part of the class will be given via MOOC videos.

Assessment methods

The course grading is composed of a final written exam counting for 80% of the grade and of a topical presentation in the form of 45 minute presentation during class counting for 20% of the grade

Homework will be given every week. Solutions will be handed out. Homework will not be graded.It is strongly advised to make the effort to do the homework weekly.

Resources

Bibliography

Main text book:

Milonni, Eberly "Laser Physics" (Wiley Interscience)

Additional chapters will be selected from:

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)

Ressources en bibliothèque

Notes/Handbook

Polycopié:

"Theory and applications of lasers" by Tobias J. Kippenberg and Christophe Moser (available as pdf on Moodle)

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Exam form: Written (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Lasers: theory and modern applications
  • Lecture: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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