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IO2659 Laser Engineering 7.5 credits

The course will give understanding about principles of lasers, and their applications.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus IO2659 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Laser, Laser Beams, Optical Resonators, Spontaneous Emission, Stimulated Emission, Gain media, Pumping, Pulse Lasers, Continuous Wave Lasers, Solid-State Lasers, Gas Lasers, Semiconductor Lasers.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the participants should be able to:
- Explain how a laser operates.
- Identify elemental components for a laser to operate.
- Describe properties of a laser beam and its comparison with light from other sources.
- Describe, analyze and coarsely design simple resonator systems required for a laser.
- Analyze and calculate the conditions for lasing in a gain medium.
- Depict the pumping schemes of laser.
- Identify the most common types of laser, and tell the difference.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge on optics and quantum mechanics.


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O. Svelto: ”Principles of Lasers”, 4th ed, Springer, 1998, ISBN 0-306-45748-2.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 6.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1;5 hp) A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F
Lab reports (LAB1; 2.5 hp) P/F

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.

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 IO2659

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Min Yan (

Supplementary information

The course is replaced by SK2813 as from autumn term 2017.