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PHYC/ECE 464 Laser Physics I - Fall 2019

Class meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays 17:30- 18:45 am; Physics and Astronomy, Room 184

(When moved to the PAIS building- which may happen in October- the new classroom will be announced)

Textbook: Laser Electronics By Joseph T. Verdeyen

Reference Textbooks:

Pre-requisites: E&M, Undergraduate Physics, Modern Physics, Knowledge of Differential Equations, Linear & Complex Algebra.

Teaching Assistant: 

Mingyang Zhang  

TAs Office Hours:
Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30PM  (Room 4, or Lobby P&A)

Assignments:
Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester, most likely one set per week.

Tests:
There will be two exams: One Midterm and the Final Exam.

Tentative Test Date (subject to change):
Midterm: Wed. Oct. 16  

Final: Dec. 9, 5:30-7:30 (1140 PAIS)

 Check the UNM's Office of Registrar for possible changes in the Final exam schedule.

Grading:

The final grade is weighted as follows:

  • Midterm: 35%
  • Final: 50%
  • Homework: 15%

Laser Lab Tour:
E-mail me if interested

LASERS: solution looking for a problem The Movie

Past Exams

Final Formula Sheet

Modelocking Tutorial

Cool Sites

Power Point Lectures

Course Syllabus

  1. Introduction (historical overview) [1 lecture]
  2. Review of E&M theory (Chapter 1) [2 lectures]
  3. Ray Tracing (ABCD matrix method) (Chapter 2) [3 lectures]
  4. Gaussian Beams (Chapter 3) [4 lectures]
  5. Optical Cavities (Chapter 5 & 6) [2 lectures]
  6. Gain Medium (field-atom interaction) (Chapter 7) [5 lectures]
  7. Laser Oscillation (Chapter 8) [4 lectures]
  8. General Laser Characteristics (Chapter 9) [6 lectures]
  9. Various Laser Systems (Parts of Chapters 10 & 11) [3 lectures]

Homework and Reading Assignments

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Due Date

Source

Solution

Reading Assignments

1

Aug 28

HW#1 HW#1_SOL

all chapter 1 (skip 1.8)

2

Sept. 4

HW#2 HW#2_SOL

2.1-2.8, 2.11, 2.13

3

Sept. 11

HW#3HW#3_SOL

all chapter 3

4

Sept. 18

HW#4HW#4_SOL

4.7, all chapter 5

5

Sept. 25

HW#5HW#5_SOL

all chapter 6

6

Oct. 2

HW#6HW#6_SOL

all chapter 7

7

Oct. 9

HW#7 

HW#7_SOL

8.1-8.8

Midterm I:  Wednesday Oct. 16 (5:30-7:00pm), Covers Chapters 1-7
Closed Book, Closed Notes, No Calculator
You will be provided with the midterm Formula Sheet: PDF

Exam-I  Solution 

8

Oct. 30

HW#8 HW#8_SOL

9.1-9.3

9

Nov. 11HW#9 HW#9_SOL

9.3-9.8, 4.7 

10

Nov. 18

HW#10 HW#10_SOL

Chapters 10, 11

11

Nov. 25

HW#11 HW#11_SOL

Specific Laser Systems (pdf)

No Class Wed. 27  (Happy Thanksgiving!)  
Laser Lab Tour: Wednesday Dec. 4, 5:30pm (PAIS Lobby)
Final Exam, Monday Dec. 9,  5:30-7:30
Comprehensive, Closed book, Closed notes
 Final Formula Sheetpdf

Exam Rules

Closed Book, Closed Notes, No Calculators, No Cell Phones
Calculator and formula sheet will be provided to each student

Past Exams