SK2411 Laser Physics 7.5 credits


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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

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.

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.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

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.


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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

Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

    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.

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

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    SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

    Main field of study *

    Engineering Physics, Physics

    Education cycle *

    Second cycle

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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.

    Supplementary information

    Replaces SK2410.

    English, on request, Swedish.