PHYS/ECE 464 Laser Physics I - Fall 2021

Instructor: Professor Mansoor Sheik-Bahae 

Office: PAIS 2220

 msb@unm.edu

 TEM_5,40

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:  Ali Kazemi 

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:  Wed. Oct. 27 (4-6pm)  
  • 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: 25%-35%*
  • Final: 60%-50%*
  • Homework: 15%

*Final Grade will be evaluated using the best of Final+Midterm scores based on above variable weighting factors.  

Laser Lab Tour
E-mail me if interested

Past Exams

 

 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

Wednesday 9/1PDF

 PDF

all chapter 1 (skip 1.8)

2

Wednesday 9/8PDFPDF

2.1-2.8, 2.11, 2.13

3

Wednesday 9/15PDFPDF

all chapter 3

4

Wednesday 9/22PDFPDF

4.7, all chapter 5

5

Wednesday 9/29PDF

all chapter 6

6

Wednesday 10/6PDF

all chapter 7

 

 

7

8.1-8.8

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

 2020 Final Formula Sheetpdf

Exam Rules

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