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FSK3404 Laser Physics 7.5 credits

The Laser Physics course will give students understanding of the main underlying principles behind laser operation will provide up-to-date guidance of modern types of lasers and will give sufficient theoretical and, importantly, practical knowledge for designing and building actual lasers. Substantial emphasis during hthe lectures will be placed to different applications of the laser technologies. Students will be able to apply directly their knowledge in electromagnetic waves and quantum mechanics to see how the knowledge leads to laser engineering solutions for the modern world problems.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3404 (Spring 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Essentials of quantum-mechanical description of optical gain media, including atoms, molecules, and solid state materials.
  • Basic properties of lasers and photon amplifiers.
  • Physical principles of laser action.
  • Essentials of laser building blocks.
  • Overview of the most important laser types and applications.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

  • Apply physical principles for explaining how light amplification and laser action is obtained in different material systems.
  • Apply laser engineering principles to design and analyze laser parameters in the context of a particular application.
  • Obtain, analyze and present experimental data, within the scope of the goals of lab practice, and complying with the lab safety requirements and rules of conduct in a given lab environment.

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Literature and preparations

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Written exam, 5.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

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Education cycle

Third cycle

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics