ECE 55200 - Introduction to Lasers

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 3

Areas of Specialization(s):

Fields and Optics
Microelectronics and Nanotechnology

Counts as:
CMPE Special Content Elective
EE Elective

Normally Offered: Each Spring

ECE 30411 or ECE 31100

Catalog Description:
An introduction to lasers and laser applications which does not require a knowledge of quantum mechanics as a prerequisite. Topics include: the theory of laser operation, some specific laser systems, non-linear optics, optical detection, and applications to optical communications, holography, laser-driven fusion, and integrated optics.

Required Text(s):
  1. Laser Electronics, J. Verdeyen, Prentice-Hall, 1995, ISBN No. 0-13-706666-X.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Lecture Outline:

Weeks Topic
3 Introduction: Review of Some Aspects of Classical Optics Elementary Optical Cavity Analysis. Gaussian Beams. Laser Cavity Modes.
2 Interactions of Radiation with Matter. Absorption, Emission, Scattering, Line Broadening. Laser Media.
4 Introduction to Laser Theory. Rate Theory. Gain Saturation. Homogeneous and Inhomogeneous Broadening. Gain Narrowing. Output Coupling. Optimization. Hole Burning. Threshold Behavior. Pulse Generation.
Specific Laser Systems: Solid State lasers. Tunable Lasers. Gas Lasers. Semiconductor Lasers.
1 Special Topics (Detectors, Coherence, etc...)
1 Exams