SK3400 Laser Physics 7.5 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Last planned examination: spring 21.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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.


Course is given in English


The student should have been accepted as a research student and should have started to do research.


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


Requirements for final grade

Written exam (TEN1; 5,5 hp, grading scale P/F) and Lab reports (LAB1; 2 hp, grading scale P/F)

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Valdas Pasiskevicius


Valdas Pasiskevicius <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.