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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: TBA

5:30-7:30 p.m. 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

8

Oct. 30

9.1-9.3

9

Nov. 6

9.3-9.8

10

Nov. 13

Chapters 10, 11

11

Nov. 20

Specific Lasers (pdf)Semiconductor Lasers (pdf)

Laser Lab Tour (optional): Tuesday Dec. 2, 5pm (P&A Lobby)
E-mail me if interested in the lab tour
Final Exam, Dec. ?,  5:30-7:30
Comprehensive, Closed book, Closed notes
2014 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