SK2411 Laser Physics 7.5 credits


  • Education cycle

    Second cycle
  • Main field of study

    Engineering Physics
  • Grading scale

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

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Spring 19 SAP for Study Abroad Programme (SAP)

  • Periods

    Spring 19 P4 (7.5 credits)

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  • Number of places *

    Max. 5

    *) If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

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  • Course responsible

    Valdas Pasiskevicius <>

  • Teacher

    Valdas Pasiskevicius <>

  • Target group


Intended learning outcomes

Student after the course should be able to:

  • explain operational principles and construction of lasers
  • give an account of technological issues behind laser construction
  • describe optical components that can be used to tailor the properties of the laser
  • relate the laser operation principles to atom and molecular physics, solid state physics, quantum mechanics and physical optics.

Course main content

Essentials of quantum-mechanical description of optical gain media, including atoms, molecules, and solid state materials.

Essentials of quantum-mechanical description of the of the interaction between photons and electrons in optical gain media.

Basic properties of lasers and photon amplifiers.

Physical principles of laser action.

Essential knowledge of laser building blocks.

Overview of the most important laser types.


Recommende previous knowledge:
Course in general physics (e.g. SK1100, ECTS 9 points), Course in quantum mechanics (e.g. SI2170 9 ECTS points), Course in quantum electronics including electrooptics (e.g. SK2400 12 ECTS points) 

Recommended prerequisites

Quantum mechanics atom physics, physical optics.


Svelto, Orazio , Principles of Lasers, Fourth edition (Translation by David. C. Hanna) Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press, Springer (1998 or later) ISBN 0-306-45748-2


  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 5.5, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Written exam (TEN1; 5,5 hp, grading scale A/B/C/D/E/Fx/F)Lab reports (LAB1; 2 hp, grading scale P/F)

Offered by

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics


Valdas Pasiskevicius (


Valdas Pasiskevicius <>

Supplementary information

Replaces SK2410.

English, on request, Swedish.


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2008.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2009.