PHYS/ECE 464 Laser Physics I - Fall 2022

Instructor: Professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae 

Office: PAIS 2220

 msb@unm.edu

 

  • Midterm Exam -  Wednesday 10/26  (4:30-6:30 pm), ROOM 1160 (Please note the time and room changes) 
  • Class meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays 4:00pm- 5:15pm   
  • Lectures will be held in-person in PAIS 1140 
  • Students will be notified in advance (before noon) in rare occasions when lectures are via Zoom. 

An Ultrastable Laser at NIST

NIST laser 

The laser frequency is locked to a Fabry-Perot reference cavity (made from a hollow single crystal Si) cooled to 124K where its coefficient of thermal  expansion (CTE)  is zero. 

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:  Duncan McGraw  

TAs Office Hours: 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:  TBD
  • Final :  TBD

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

Grading:

The final grade is weighted as follows:

  • Midterm: 30%
  • Final: 55%*
  • Homework: 15%

 

Laser Lab Tour
E-mail me if interested

Past Exams

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 Some Lectures and other resources 

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

9/7/22PDFPDF

all chapter 1 (skip 1.8)

2

9/12/22PDFPDF

2.1-2.8, 2.11, 2.13

3

9/19/22PDFPDF

all chapter 3

4

9/26/22PDFPDF

4.7, all chapter 5

5

10/3/22PDFPDF

all chapter 6

6

10/10/22PDFPDF

all chapter 7

7

10/19/22PDFPDF

8.1-8.8

 

Review (Monday 10/24/2022)

9.1-9.3

Midterm Exam -  Wednesday 10/26  (4:30-6:30 pm), ROOM 1160 (Please note the time and room changes).  Closed Book, Closed Notes (Formula Sheet, and Calculator will be provided) 

Midterm Formula Sheet 

8

11/7/22PDFPDF

9.3-9.8, 4.7 

9

11/14/22PDFPDF

Chapters 10, 11

10

11/21/22PDF

Specific Laser Systems (pdf)

Specific Laser Systems (ppt)

11

 

 

Comprehensive, Closed book, Closed notes

 2021 Final Formula Sheet pdf

Exam Rules

Closed Book, Closed Notes, No Calculators, No Cell Phones (Please turn off)
Calculator and formula sheet will be provided to each student