Lasers and Atoms

Lasers and Atoms
Laser amplification, cavity design, and control and characterization of temporal and spatial modes. Interactions between lasers and atoms.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhscs 451, 471; or equivalents.
Course Outcomes

Laser Design

Design stable laser resonators, frequency-locking feedback systems, and pulsed-output mode-locking systems.

Measuring Laser Characteristics

Measure durations of femtosecond pulses and the line width and center frequency of frequency-stabilized sources.

Physics of Lasers

Compute cavity threshold gain, optimal output coupling, and gain saturation.

Light-matter Interactions

Describe interactions of light and matter within a semi-classical two-level-atom framework.

Atomic Properties

Compute cross sections and selection rules for transitions in hydrogen.