Laser Fundamentals

  • Course code: FKBT229
  • Course higher education credits: 7.5
  • Department: CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL ENGINEERING
  • Graduate school: Chemistry
  • Course is normally given: Every 3rd year
  • Language: The course will be given in English

Contents: Chapters from “Laser Fundamentals” 2nd edition by William Slifvast

12 meetings of 2 hours; typically, after a brief introduction the students are grouped (max 4 persons) for a 45 min discussion of the contents of today’s lecture. This will require reading the chapter(s) before the meeting. The discussion is followed by a lecture (“efterläsning”) of about 45 min.

 

Meeting

Chapter(s)

Contents

1

1-2

Fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, Maxwell¿s equations. Wave properties

2

3

Quantum properties of atoms

3

4, 6

Radiative transitions, black-body radiation, stimulated emission

4

5

Quantum properties of molecules and solids

5

7

Population inversion, gain and gain saturation

6

8, 9, 10

Laser amplifiers, Population inversion in 3 and 4-level systems

7

11, 12

Laser cavity modes. Gaussian beams

8

13

Laser cavities and cavity effects.

9

14, 15

Examples of lasers

10

16

Manipulation of laser light, Parametric oscillations, SHG

11

Journal papers

Laser spectroscopy – when do you need a laser?

12

Journal papers

Experiments with pulsed lasers – temporal resolution

 

 

Literature
“Laser Fundamentals” 2nd edition by William Slifvast. More mathematical details could be found in “Principles of Lasers” 5th edition by Orazio Svelto.
Lecturers
Bo Albinsson, Maria Abrahamsson
More information
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