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FSK3410 Laser Physics 10.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3410 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Physical background of lasers. The laser cavity. The laser medium. Mode-controlled techniques. The properties of coherent laser light. The time- and spatial-dependent behavior of lasers.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theory of modern laser physics,
  • describe in detail the inherent behavior and functionality of the many different types of modern lasers,
  • describe the detailed properties of coherent laser light, and
  • formulate reasonably complicated problems in laser physics and proved solutions to the same.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MSc degree in physics or equivalent education.

Recommended prerequisites

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Anthony E Siegman: "Lasers" (1986 eller senare utgåvor)

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 8.0 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.

Solving a large number of homework problems. Designing some problems of his/her own. Correcting the other students’ homework solutions. Give a 2 h presentation of selected chapters in the main text.

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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Profile picture Fredrik Laurell

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.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FSK3410

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Fredrik Laurell,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics