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PHYS 435. Laser Optics

Credits: 3
Department: Physics
Description: The interaction of light with matter including conditions for laser gain and oscillation, resonance cavities, and Gaussian beams. Examples of laser systems and applications.
Prerequisites: PHYS 333
Semester Offered: Odd Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply principles of spontaneous emission, absorption and stimulated emission in the context of lasers.
2. Compute mode and stability conditions for laser cavities.
3. Discuss light-matter interactions in the context of laser amplifiers.
4. Compute rate equations for laser amplifiers.
5. Discuss Q-Switching and mode locking techniques.

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