PHYS/ECE 464 Laser Physics I - Fall 2020

  • Class meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays 16:00- 17:15   
  • Lectures will be held either in-class (with social distancing- PAIS 1100) but mostly on Zoom.   
  • Students will be notified in advance (before noon) in rare occasions when face-2-face format will be used that day.  
  • Exams (Midterm and Final) will be held in-class (PAIS 1100).  
  • Enrolled students must register for Zoom Lectures (Click Here)  -  Passcode will be emailed to  enrolled students 

 

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:8-10 am Tuesdays  (email in advance)
TBD

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

Exams:
There will be two exams: One Midterm and the Final Exam.Tentative Test Date (subject to change):

  • Midterm:  Wednesday, Oct. 14  (4-6pm)
  • Final (or Midterm-2):  Monday, Nov. 23 (4-6pm) 

 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: (Friday, Dec. 4- assuming allowed by then)
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

Monday 8/31PDF PDF 

all chapter 1 (skip 1.8)

2

Monday 9/7PDF PDF 

2.1-2.8, 2.11, 2.13

3

Monday 9/21PDFPDF

all chapter 3

4

Monday 9/28PDF

4.7, all chapter 5

5

Monday 10/5PDF

all chapter 6

6

all chapter 7

7

8.1-8.8

Midterm I:  Covers Chapters 1-7 
Closed Book, Closed Notes, No Calculator
You will be provided with the midterm Formula Sheet: PDF

 

8

9.1-9.3

9

9.3-9.8, 4.7 

10

Chapters 10, 11

11

Specific Laser Systems (pdf)

Final Exam, 
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