COURSE GOALS: The goal of the course is to introduce basic principles of lasers and their operation, frequently used types of lasers, and their applications in modern research.
LEARNING OUTCOMES AT THE LEVEL OF THE PROGRAMME:
Upon completing the degree, students will be able to:
1. KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
1.3 demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the most important physics theories (logical and mathematical structure, experimental support, described physical phenomena)
1.4 describe the state of the art in - at least- one of the presently active physics specialities
2. APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
2.1 identify the essentials of a process/situation and set up a working model of the same or recognize and use the existing models
2.2 evaluate clearly the orders of magnitude in situations which are physically different, but show analogies, thus allowing the use of known solutions in new problems;
2.4 adapt available models to new experimental data
3. MAKING JUDGEMENTS
3.2 develop a personal sense of responsibility, given the free choice of elective/optional courses
4. COMMUNICATION SKILLS
4.2 present one's own research or literature search results to professional as well as to lay audiences
4.3 develop the written and oral English language communication skills that are essential for pursuing a career in physics
5. LEARNING SKILLS
5.1 search for and use physical and other technical literature, as well as any other sources of information relevant to research work and technical project development (good knowledge of technical English is required)
5.3 carry out research by undertaking a PhD
LEARNING OUTCOMES SPECIFIC FOR THE COURSE:
Upon passing the course on Laser physics, the student will be able to:
- describe basic principles of laser operation;
- describe basic parts of lasers;
- characterize laser radiation;
- describe basic types of lasers;
- demonstrate knowledge of generation of ultrashort laser pulses;
- demonstrate knowledge of laser frequency stabilization techniques;
- demonstrate knowledge of the principles of laser cooling and trapping;
- demonstrate knowledge of laser applications in modern research.
1. Principles of laser operation;
2. Basic parts of lasers;
3. Characteristics of laser radiation;
4. Basic types of lasers;
5. Generation of laser pulses, including ultrashort laser pulses;
6. Methods for laser frequency (wavelength) stabilization;
7. Laser cooling and trapping;
8. Laser applications.
Exercises complement the lectures with specific experimental examples.
REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS:
Students must regularly attend the classes, and hold a seminar within the topic of laser application in research or modern life.
GRADING AND ASSESSING THE WORK OF STUDENTS:
Following the classes and the seminar, the students take the oral exam.
- E. M.Sargent,M.O.Sculli,W.E.Lamb, Laser Physics, Addison Wesley, London 1974.
- J. Hecht, Optics, Addison Wesley, Reading (Massachusetts) 1998