SK2813 Laser Engineering 7.5 credits


Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

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 *

Bachelor's degree in physics, electrical engineering or equivalent degree

Recommended prerequisites

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Orazio Svelto, ”Principles of Lasers”, 5th ed, Springer, 2010 (ISBN: 978-1-4419-1301-2).


Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Exam, 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 *

Pass the Written exam and Lab reports

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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Further information

Course web

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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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 IO2659