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PHYC/ECE 464 Laser Physics I

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

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: Behnam Abaie

TAs Office Hours:
Mondays 4:30-5:15 pm P and A Lobby

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. 15 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

Final Exam, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 5:30-7:30

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Due Date

Source

Solution

Reading Assignments

1

Aug. 27

PDF

PDF

all chapter 1 (skip 1.8)

2

Sept. 3

PDF

PDF

2.1-2.8, 2.11, 2.13

3

Sept. 10

PDF

PDF

all chapter 3

4

Sept. 17

PDF

PDF

4.7, all chapter 5

5

Sept. 24

(29th!)!

PDF

PDF

all chapter 6

6

Oct. 1

PDF

PDF

all chapter 7

7

Oct. 8

PDF

PDF

8.1-8.8

Midterm I: Wednesday Oct. 15 (5:30-7:00pm), Covers Chapters 1-7
Closed Book, Closed Notes, No Calculator
Formula Sheet: PDF, Exam Statistics

8

Oct. 29

PDF

PDF

9.1-9.3

9

Nov. 10

PDF

PDF

9.3-9.8

10

Nov. 17

PDF

PDF

Chapters 10, 11

11

Nov. 24

PDF

PDF

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, Wednesday Dec. 10, 5:30-7:30
Comprehensive, Closed book, Closed notes
2014 Final Formula Sheetpdf
Wednesday, Dec. 3 (Review)

Exam Rules

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

Past Exams