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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

PHYS 51100 - Laser Physics


This course is about all physical aspects of lasers. In particular, the course concentrates on optical amplification, interaction of radiation with matter, and laser rate equations. Basic physical and geometrical optics and atomic physics are covered in sufficient detail to understand the design, operation, and application lasers. Topics include matrix methods in ray optics, Gaussian beams, transverse and longitudinal modes, cavity design, rate equation models of laser gain media, different types of lasers and nonlinear optics. Applications of lasers are discussed.

Preparation for Course
P: PHYS 32200 and 34200.

Cr. 3.